Following the Jan. 5 departure of Craig Carpenito as U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, talk has turned to who might receive the nod from President Joe Biden as the state’s next chief federal law enforcement officer.

Among the names being mentioned as candidates are Jamel Semper, currently an assistant U.S. attorney and head of the office’s gangs and organized crime unit; Ricardo Solano Jr., a white-collar defense lawyer at Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Edelman in Newark; and Esther Suarez, the Hudson County prosecutor. Also said to be in the running is Philip Sellinger of Greenberg Traurig, a litigator and former federal prosecutor.

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