NEW BRUNSWICK - Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman will soon take a new job at Rutgers University.

Hoffman will be Rutgers’ new senior vice president and general counsel effective March 14. University President Robert Barchi announced the move Thursday.

“I am deeply impressed by John’s intelligence and legal acumen, the wide range of statutory and regulatory issues he has handled, and his record of excellence in state and federal service,” President Barchi said in a statement.

Hoffman has been the acting attorney general for New Jersey since June 2013.

“After nearly 20 years of state and federal government service, I am thrilled to be joining this iconic institution,” Hoffman said in a statement. “I strongly believe in Rutgers’ ever-expanding mission.”

Hoffman will now step down from his position as attorney general. Gov. Chris Christie issued his own statement about Hoffman’s tenure.

It said in part, “I want to thank [John Hoffman] for his outstanding efforts on behalf of the people of New Jersey, and to wish him well as he moves on to serve New Jersey in a new opportunity.”

During Hoffman's tenure, the attorney general's office has focused on the rise in heroin addiction, worked toward outfitting police with body cameras, and tried to quell gang violence.