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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

TRENTON – The municipal court judge in Metuchen will be nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy to serve as director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the state agency with oversight over of the manufacturing, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages throughout the state.

James Graziano is a founding partner of Graziano, Piasecki & Whitelaw in Green Brook, where he specializes in civil litigation involving personal injury and employment claims. He also serves as a municipal court judge in Metuchen Borough and formerly served as the attorney for the Metuchen Parking Authority.

Graziano is also a former chief of the Metuchen Fire Department and the borough’s emergency management coordinator.

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“James is a seasoned civil litigator and experienced municipal judge whose legal background makes him an excellent candidate to lead the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement on Friday. “The ABC interacts extensively with businesses and municipalities across New Jersey in regulating and enforcing the state’s liquor laws, and James’ practice of law both on and off the bench make him uniquely qualified to carry out those duties.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to lead the Division. Alcohol regulation has important public safety and economic implications,” said Graziano. “I look forward to working with the Attorney General, the members of the Division and industry representatives to advance the legislative objectives of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.”

After graduating with honors from Rutgers University, Cook College, with a

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