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Now that Paul Fishman has left the post of U.S. attorney for New Jersey, lawyers say the next person picked for the job will need to have a combination of courtroom experience and political connections.

Geoffrey Berman, New Jersey co-managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in Florham Park, and John Lacey, a white-collar defense lawyer at Connell Foley in Newark, are said to be under consideration for the post. Others who have been mentioned as candidates include Christopher Porrino, the present state attorney general; Thomas Scrivo, former chief counsel to Gov. Chris Christie; and Rebecca Ricigliano, the first assistant attorney general.

Although the state of his relationship with President Donald Trump is unclear, Christie is likely to have a role in picking the next U.S. attorney, said lawyers familiar with the selection process. Traditionally, the White House consults the home state’s senators on selection of a U.S. attorney. In a state like New Jersey with two senators from a different party than the president, customarily the highest-ranking official of the president’s party is consulted, said Carl Tobias, a professor of law at the University of Richmond. In New Jersey’s case, that would be Christie. But the Trump administration and its Department of Justice “have not always followed custom, so we shall see,” Tobias said.

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