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F. Michael Caruso, who spent 35 years as a New Jersey Superior Court Judge, died on September 13. He was 91.
New Jersey Attorney General David Furman appointed Caruso to serve as a Deputy Attorney General in 1958. He represented the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
From 1962 to 1966, Caruso served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Gov. Richard J. Hughes appointed Caruso to serve as an Essex County District Court Judge in 1966, along with Howard Hayes and John Marzulli.
Caruso was later elevated to the Superior Court, where he served until his retirement in 2002.
In 2000, Caruso overturned a Roseland ordinance that banned guns within 1,000 feet of certain public buildings after the National Rifle Association and others filed a suit. Caruso ruled that only the Legislature could create such a ban.
He is survived by his wife, four children and nine grandchildren.