NJ attorney general creates office to investigate corruption

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s attorney general says he is setting up an office to fight corruption and build confidence in government.

Gurbir Grewal said Monday that the new Office of Public Integrity and Accountability will be led by longtime federal prosecutor Thomas Eicher. Eicher will report directly to Grewal as the office investigates an assortment of crimes. Grewal says among the areas the office will focus are allegations of civil rights violations, wrongful convictions and as well as “sensitive matters” for federal, state and local officials. Eicher has served in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey going back to 2003. Grewal says the new office stemmed from concerns he’s heard from residents. He says they want law enforcement to “root out the corruption and misconduct” that hurts faith in public institutions.