Matthew Boxer was sworn in as New Jerseyâ€™s first independent state comptroller on Jan. 17, 2008.
Boxer, 39, leads a staff responsible for overseeing audits and performance reviews at all levels of New Jersey government. The office audits government finances, examines the efficiency of government programs and scrutinizes government contracts.
â€œThe mission of the office is clear,â€ Boxer said after his swearing-in. â€œThe Comptrollerâ€™s Office exists to bring greater efficiency and transparency to the operation of all levels of New Jerseyâ€™s government: from our town halls and schools, to our state agencies and our independent state authorities. Simply put, this state cannot afford to have its governmental entities wasting money that comes from the hard work of the taxpayers of this state.â€
As a federal prosecutor from 2001 to 2006, Boxer served in the terrorism unit, the criminal division and the special prosecutions division of the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office. While there, he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of numerous public officials on corruption charges. Among them were the â€œMonmouth 11,â€ a group that included three sitting mayors, four current councilmen and a police commissioner, making it one of the largest single-day corruption takedowns in state history.
In Jan. 2006, Gov. Jon Corzine chose Boxer to direct the state Authorities Unit, where he developed new regulations concerning procurement reform and ethics reform that led to greater transparency and efficiency at New Jerseyâ€™s 58 independent state authorities.
Boxer began his career as a law clerk for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary S. Stein and then for U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle. He went on to spend four years as an attorney with the Lowenstein Sandler law firm, where he litigated criminal and complex civil cases with an emphasis on securities fraud.
A New Jersey resident for more than thirty years, Boxer graduated as the class valedictorian from Lakewood High School in 1988, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1992 with a B.A. in politics and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1995.
Boxer and his wife live in Bridgewater with their three children.