James R. Zazzali served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Attorney General of New Jersey. Justice Zazzali had served on the Supreme Court for over seven years, and had written more than 100 opinions, before Governor Jon Corzine named him Chief Justice in 2006. Prior to his service on the bench, Justice Zazzali had served in the Administration of Governor Brendan Byrne as New Jersey Attorney General; general counsel for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; and Chairman of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. His association with Governor Byrne began in the Office of the Essex County Prosecutor, when he served under Prosecutor Byrne as the Chief of the Appeals Division. Justice Zazzali is also a former Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he taught mediation and arbitration. He also served as the court-approved receiver for Bloomfield College, from 1974-1976; and as the special master investigating, reporting on and assisting in the reform of the Monmouth, Essex, Bergen and Newark jails; and as a member of the United States delegates at various United Nations Conferences in Geneva and Paris. He holds a law degree Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. degree from Georgetown University. He is currently Of Counsel to the Newark-based law firm of Gibbons, P.C., which he joined upon retiring as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in June 2007.
Interview on December 14, 2009 – Transcript available here (pdf)