NEWARK, N.J. - Paul Fishman, who served 11 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, was sworn in last night as the state's top federal prosecutor in a ceremony at Rutgers School of Law in Newark.

Fishman, 53, succeeds Ralph Marra, who has served as acting U.S. attorney after Christopher J. Christie stepped down a year ago to run for governor.

Fishman, a native of Rivers Edge, Bergen County, was nominated by President Obama this year and confirmed by the Senate in October. He is a Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate.

Fishman said he would work to continue what he called a long-standing tradition of the U.S. Attorney's Office serving as both "the front line and the rear guard" against corruption, drug trafficking, and "the new number-one priority: terrorism and national security." - AP