Christopher Gramiccioni Named Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor

Gramiccioni sworn in Sunday, takes over for former Prosecutor Peter Warshaw Jr.

Christopher Gramiccioni has been named acting Monmouth County prosecutor, officials said Tuesday.

The appointment was made by the Office of the Attorney General. Gramiccioni, a Wall Township resident, was sworn in to the position Sunday by state Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully, Gramiccioni said in an interview Tuesday.

Gramiccioni, 40, joined the Prosecutor’s Office in February 2011 and held the position of first assistant to former Prosecutor Peter Warshaw Jr., who last week was named to a judgeship by a vote of the state Senate.

Gramiccioni's promotion leads a shuffle within the office.

Richard E. Incremona becomes first assistant Monmouth County prosecutor. Incremona, a career prosecutor, was sworn in Monday. He was one of two deputy first assistant prosecutors and director of investigations.

Kevin M. Clark will remain in his post as deputy first assistant prosecutor, and Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux was named the director of investigations.

There was no word Tuesday when, or whether, the "acting'' would be removed from Gramiccioni's title.

A former U.S. Navy JAG officer, Grammicioni left active duty in 2002. He continues to serve as a Lt. commander in the Naval Reserves.

Gramiccioni received his undergraduate degree from Towson University in Maryland in 1994 and his a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1998.

He is a former assistant U.S. Attorney, working out of the New Jersey office from 2002 until he joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office in 2011.

Gramiccioni spent a year at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, orchestrating a year-long criminal investigation involving a company suspected of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

He met his wife, Deborah, while both worked in that office. She later joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. She is currently the deputy chief of staff for policy in the governor’s office. The couple have three children.

Claudine Scozzari July 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
According to the NJ State Constitution (Article VII Public Officers and Employees Section II), County prosecutors shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The term of office shall be five (5) years. In Monmouth County, I don't think it is the lack of qualifications as it is more of the actual length of time in the office. Truly qualified prosecutors would understand and appreciate the need to follow the rules in accordance with the law. I think The Prosecutor sends out the wrong message as the Key Law Enforcement Authority in the County if the length of term is not obeyed.
Maureen Fitzgerald July 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Claudine, I'm really not too sure what you're saying. Are you alluding to the fact he has only been with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office since 2011? Or that he will serve at least 5 years? The fact that you feel that he was appointed without the advice and consent of the Senate? The fact is, with the appointment of Judge Warshaw to the bench, someone had to be appointed, on a temporary basis, immediately, in order to maintain continuity within the Prosecutor's Office. He is now a temporary appointment. While likely to become permanent, only time and the legal process will tell. I'm sorry if I seem obtuse, but I really do not understand your post.
Claudine Scozzari July 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Actually Maureen, I am glad you are able to begin a discussion about the matter. There are a few issues regarding human resource issues that are involved, and I mainly have a problem with Judge Scully appointing someone in a temporary position. Yes - Monmouth County is without a prosecutor; however, legally, the Monmouth County prosecutor should have a legal position as "Monmouth County prosecutor" without a John, or a Louis, or a Christopher in it. The now Judge Warshaw was a career prosecutor; therefore, he probably had a little of John and Louis in him working under their supervisory role for his entire career. I have a problem with the way it was done. The former Monmouth County Prosecutor Warshaw should have had a prosecuting staff without having a judge to officiate the matter. Where is the human resource department for the non-appointed positions to assure that the prosecutor's office can function for 2 weeks while a staffing change at the top can occur? I have nothing against the temporary and acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Gramiccioni filling the shoes of prosecutor; however, the position should be appointed correctly. And, as an active reservist with Guantanamo Bay, Cuba still to be taken care of in the War Against Terrorism in the nation, the possibility of serving fulltime exists for Gramiccioni. He is legal counsel. The trials have not occured as of yet.
Maureen Fitzgerald July 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Claudine - Judge Scully didn't appoint him, the State's Attorney General's office appointed him. Judge Scully merely administered the oath. This appointment was made just a all of those before him were made, unless I'm missing something. If I am, please enlighten me. I also doubt very much that the trials at Guantanamo Bay will take away from Mr. Gramiccioni's performance of duties. I'm sure that there is a special team of Prosecutors working on that one full time. Thanks for the discussion.
Claudine Scozzari July 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Maureen - The State AG appointed him. According to the State of NJ Constitution, the Governor with Senate consent is supposed to appoint the County Prosecutors. The judge ignored the State constitution. The State AG can file a recommendation with the Governor for qualified staff member; however, it is not the choice of the State AG. The appointment has to go before the Senate. I hope Gramiccioni does not get called up to active duty; however, you don't know what those people in uniform do when they actively serve. That information is not made public. The significant others in their lives just wait for it all to end, and the politicians have been saying its over since 1991. Yet, since 1990, there has always been another conflict. You don't know. As an active reservist, the possiblity exists. Monmouth County may have a totally different issue to deal with if that occurs.


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