The Gazette congratulates Hammontonian James Ruberton, who retired on April 1 after more than 25 years as a state deputy attorney general.
Ruberton has deep connections to the town. His father owned Ruberton Oil Company years ago. His grandfather, James Anthony Ruberton, was a former mayor of Hammonton and a judge, Ruberton said.
“I tried to carry on his legal career and pick up from there,” Ruberton said in an interview with Gazette Staff Writer Joseph F. Berenato.
Ruberton said he decided to retire and spend more time with his family. He said he has twin sons in college and a daughter at Hammonton High School.
He met his wife, Diane, when both were attending Widener University School of Law in Delaware. She served as Atlantic County Prosecutor.
The ties to Hammonton run deeply for Ruberton and his family. In 1995, Ruberton clerked for Atlantic County Presiding Criminal Judge Albert Garofolo, who is also from Hammonton.
Throughout his lengthy and varied career in the law, Ruberton said how satisfying it was to be involved in criminal prosecutions.
“To be privileged enough to work for the attorney general’s office, and to be at a level where you can see change, and you can see the effects that your cases have? I find it to be an amazing privilege to be able to work there, to work with the people I got to work with; it was just a great professional experience,” Ruberton told The Gazette.
We wish Ruberton well in his retirement and thank him for his service.