Robert Del Tufo was born in 1933 in Newark, New Jersey to Raymond and Mary Del Tufo. His older brother, Raymond Del Tufo, Jr., would later serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He graduated from the Newark Academy; received a B.A. degree in 1955 from Princeton University; and an LLB degree from Yale Law School in 1958. From 1958 to 1960, he served as legal secretary to Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub of the New Jersey Supreme Court. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1959. He served as an assistant prosecutor in Morris County from 1963 to 1965 and as first assistant prosecutor there from 1965 to 1967, and was in private law practice in Morristown from 1960 to 1974, and in Newark from 1980 to 1986.
During Governor Brendan Byrne’s first term, he was First Assistant Attoney General under New Jersey Attorney General William Hyland. He then was nominated by President Jimmy Carter and confirmed by the Senate for the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, serving from 1977 until resigning in 1980. He sought the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 1985, losing in the primary to Essex County executive Peter Shapiro, who in turn was defeated by incumbent Governor Thomas Kean in the general election. During the Administration of Governor James Florio, he served as New Jersey Attorney General from January 1990 until January 1994, when he resigned to join the New York City firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In February 2006, Governor Jon Corzine appointed Del Tufo as Chairman the Board of Trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Interview on June 24, 2008 – Transcript available here (pdf)
Robert Del Tufo and Sandy Jaffe on June 24, 2008
(discussing their clerkships under New Jersey Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub)