Assistant U.S. Attorney Lyndsay Ruotolo is expected to be named acting Union County Prosecutor soon, according to sources with knowledge of the pending appointment.
Ruotolo is the daughter of the late Andrew Ruotolo, who also served as a federal prosecutor before Gov. Jim Florio named him Union County Prosecutor in 1991. He died four years later at age 42 of esophageal cancer.
In April, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal pulled Acting Prosecutor Michael Monahan and replaced him with First Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Davenport days after the prosecutor’s office took control of the internal affairs functions of the Elizabeth Police Department.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to name Ruotolo allows for some thawing of friction between two Union County state senators, Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) and Joseph Cryan (D-Union), over the selection of a permanent county prosecutor.
Ruotolo worked in the prosecutor’s office for four years before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2018. Prior to that, she as a litigation associate at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter in Morristown.
She received a degree in drama and theater from New York University and worked for the American Ballet Theater for two years before starting at NYU Law School.
Ruotolo’s mother, Mary, was elected to the Union County Board of Freeholders in 1998 and re-elected in 2001. She did not seek re-election to a third term in 2004.