Meet the State Comptroller
TRENTON – Philip James Degnan joined the Office of the New Jersey State Comptroller, in an acting capacity, in October 2015. He was confirmed by the State Senate and assumed the office of State Comptroller in April 2016.
Prior to joining the Office of the State Comptroller, Mr. 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. Degnan graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and received his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School in Newark. Mr. 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.
Mr. Degnan lives with his wife and 3 children in Chatham Township, NJ.