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Peter N. Perretti, Jr.
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  Peter N. Perretti, Jr. was born in Passaic County, New Jersey on October 4, 1931. He graduated from Colgate University in 1953, and received his law degree from Cornell University Law School in 1956. He clerked for now retired Superior Court Judge Alexander P. Waugh.  
  Perretti was sworn in as Attorney General on February 14, 1989. He replaced W. Cary Edwards, who resigned. As Attorney General, he led in the prosecution of New Jersey beach polluters, in the development of legislation to restrict automatic weapons, and in improving oversight of the financing of Atlantic City casinos. He also continued the long-established tradition of combating organized crime.  
  Prior to assuming office, Perretti was a partner in the firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, and Perretti in Newark. He joined the firm as an associate in 1960 and became a partner in 1963. He served as Assistant Prosecutor in Essex County from 1958 until 1960.
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