Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated former Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone as the new Middlesex County Prosecutor.
Ciccone, 66, is retiring after almost 29 years as a judge and will now return to the place she began her legal career: she was an assistant Middlesex County prosecutor from 1981 to 1991.
The New Jersey Globe has learned that Ciccone was the recommendation of the Middlesex County Democrats.
Murphy’s decision to accept that recommendation is further evidence of a vastly improved relationship with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Middlesex Democrats.
If confirmed by the Senate, Ciccone would replace Christopher Kuberiet, who became acting prosecutor when Andrew Carey left to join the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Gov. Jim Florio nominated Ciccone for a judgeship in 1991. She served as presiding judge of the criminal division from 2005 to 2006 and spent thirteen years as the assignment judge in Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.