New Jersey’s top US prosecutor resigns after Trump request

 U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman speaks with reporters in this NewsWorks file photo. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman speaks with reporters in this NewsWorks file photo. (Phil Gregory/WHYY)

New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor says he is resigning at midnight after the Trump administration requested the resignations of 46 United States attorneys appointed during the prior presidential administration.

Paul Fishman said Friday that leading the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey has been the greatest professional experience he could imagine.

The Justice Department says the request was similar to ones made in past presidential transitions.

The department said many federal prosecutors appointed in the Obama administration have already left, but that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now seeking the resignations of 46 holdovers.

There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

For Fishman, the resignation comes only days before the sentencings of two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.

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