The number of new US attorney posts has soared over the past year.
In New York alone, over 500 have been created in the past six months alone.
While the vast majority of those hires are from the state, several are from other states.
Some of the top contenders for the job include Jeffrey Stein, a top assistant US attorney in Manhattan, Jeffery Zillman, a Manhattan district attorney who’s also been nominated to serve as US attorney for the southern district of New York state, and Andrew Ryan, the Manhattan district Attorney who’s now a partner at Mayer Brown LLP.
The New York Times reports that some of the candidates are already known to the Trump administration, but others are more mysterious.
New York has the highest number of vacancies in the country.
The state has seen some of its worst recessions since the Great Depression, but the city is also among the top places to live in the US.
“New York City is a magnet for the very best and brightest from around the world.
The city’s reputation for its great institutions, its strong community and its generous public health care system make it ideal for our most talented lawyers,” Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement.
In addition to the state and federal posts, the next level of federal representation is also growing.
In the past few years, the number of US attorney vacancies in New Jersey, New York and Washington state has increased by 40 percent, to 756 positions.
Those new positions represent just a fraction of the state’s 1.6 million registered voters, and the number is expected to double in the next four years, according to a report by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
At the same time, the office is struggling to fill some of those vacancies.
This fall, the state filed for bankruptcy protection, which could mean the state has lost millions of dollars in legal aid funding, which is what makes it difficult for New Jersey to recruit and retain a large number of federal prosecutors.
As the US attorney, Stein is the third-highest ranking prosecutor in the nation.
He’s been nominated by President Trump, who also appointed him to serve in the Justice Department’s antitrust division, where he oversaw the company that is now headed by his son, Jeffery.
Zillman was nominated to fill the same position in Manhattan’s district attorney’s office.
And Ryan was nominated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be the top federal prosecutor in New Orleans.
A spokesperson for Harris did not immediately respond to the New Jersey Times’ request for comment.
Steins office in New York was recently hit with a record number of lawsuits for alleged corruption, including one brought by a former federal prosecutor, who claimed he was improperly pressured to give false testimony to federal prosecutors in the criminal investigation of the former mayor of New York, Ray Kelly.
Kelly was charged in 2016 with corruption and bribery for allegedly paying $250,000 in bribes to politicians to secure city contracts.
During a court hearing in December, the judge ruled that the New York City government had “failed to provide the necessary incentives to the federal government to conduct the necessary investigation into the matter.”
The US Attorney’s office declined to comment for this story, but Kelly told The Wall Street Journal that he’s confident that his case will soon be resolved.
Earlier this month, Kelly’s attorney announced that the former prosecutor would plead guilty to the charges.
He has already agreed to plead guilty on charges of obstruction of justice and failure to register as a foreign agent.
According to the New Jersey Journal, the former city councilman is also facing a $250 million lawsuit brought by the former president of New Jersey.
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