William J. Martini

William J. Martini ( born February 10, 1947 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American lawyer and politician. Between 1995 and 1997 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives; later he became a federal judge.


William Martini attended Passaic High School and then studied until 1968 at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. After a subsequent law degree from Rutgers University in 1972 he was admitted to the bar. In 1973 he was deputy prosecutor in Hudson County. From 1973 to 1977 he served as Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey. In the following years he practiced as a private attorney. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. He was councilor in Clifton and then sat from 1992 to 1994 in the County Council of Passaic County.

In the congressional elections of 1994, Martini was in the eighth constituency of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Herbert Klein on January 3, 1995. Since he has not been confirmed in 1996, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1997. Between 1999 and 2002, Martini was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In January 2002 he was appointed by U.S. President George W. Bush to succeed John C. Lifland judge at the Federal District Court for New Jersey.