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Superior Court Judge Deborah Gramiccioni with Gov. Chris Christie in 2013. (Photo: Office of the Governor.)

Monmouth prosecutor and Superior Court Judge are resigning

Christopher Gramiccioni stepping down as prosecutor on June 1, will start law firm with his wife, a judge

By David Wildstein, April 30 2021 11:50 pm

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni submitted his letter of resignation today and will be leaving on June 1, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

His wife, Superior Court Judge Deborah Gramiccioni, is also expected to resign after just four years on the bench, according to sources familiar with the move. 

The two are expected to start a law firm together.

Chris Gramiccioni, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S Navy veteran, was named acting prosecutor in 2012 by then-Gov. Chris Christie.  His wife was serving as Christie’s deputy chief of staff at the time.  The Senate confirmed him to a full term in 2015 and has not been replaced by the Democratic governor, Phil Murphy.

“It has been one of my life’s greatest honors to serve as prosecutor and chief law enforcement officer of this fine county for most the past decade,” Gramiccioni said in a letter to Murphy.  “I am truly grateful to you and Governor Christie for the support your administrations have shown our law enforcement community.”

Deborah Gramiccioni, also a former federal prosecutor and director of the state Division of Criminal Justice, served as deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before Christie named her to the bench.

The 40-year-old Gramiccioni is a little over four years into a seven-year term and has been assigned to Ocean County to obviate any potential conflict of interest with her husband.

Murphy will name a new prosecutor in consultation with the county’s Senate delegation.

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