State Comptroller, Philip James Degnan

TRENTON – Philip James Degnan, a resident of Chatham Township, N.J., became Acting State Comptroller in October 2015. The State Senate approved his nomination in April 2016.

 The Office of the State Comptroller, an independent State agency, serves the public by conducting audits and investigations of government agencies throughout New Jersey.  The Office also reviews government contracts and works to detect and prevent Medicaid Fraud. The Office strives to enhance the efficiency and transparency of government and to ensure public funds are spent effectively and efficiently.

Prior to joining the Office of the State Comptroller, Degnan served four years as Executive Director of the State Commission of Investigation (SCI). The SCI conducts investigations in the areas of organized crime, public corruption, public safety, and the administration of justice in the state of New Jersey.

From 2004 to 2011, Degnan served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he served in the Public Protection Unit and the National Security Unit and successfully prosecuted cases involving child exploitation, narcotics trafficking, weapons possession, immigration offenses, bank robberies and matters related to national security.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Degnan was a litigation associate with the Gibbons law firm in Newark, where he worked in the firm's civil litigation and criminal defense practice groups.  

Degnan graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and received his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School in Newark. Degnan was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1996. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Newman, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, and to the late Honorable Daniel J. O'Hern, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.