Zulima Farber, the first Hispanic to hold the high-profile job of New Jersey attorney general, is leaving office after only seven months on the job after a special prosecutor determined she broke ethics rules during a traffic stop involving her boyfriend, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. After a brief teary-eyed meeting with Gov. Jon Corzine last night, Farber said she would “resign out of respect for the governor and for the goals we both share for the success of this administration.”
Farber, 61, is a former state public advocate and public defender, has been an assistant county prosecutor and a law-firm partner. She was under fire when questions were raised about whether she intervened on behalf of her longtime live-in companion, Hamlet Goore, during a Memorial Day weekend traffic stop. Farber had made gangs and public corruption her two hallmark issues, establishing new units within the Division of Criminal Justice.