Andrew Carey was appointed as Acting County Prosecutor of Middlesex County, New Jersey in May, 2013. He was formally nominated to the position by Governor Chris Christie and confirmed as the County Prosecutor by the NJ Senate in June of 2014.
In New Jersey, the County Prosecutor is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. Prosecutor Carey exercises authority over approximately 1900 sworn law enforcement officers in 29 law enforcement agencies in 25 municipalities. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is currently staffed with over two hundred members including Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, Agents, and Support Personnel. Carey is also responsible for the county-based Special Operations Response Team (SORT), which is a highly-trained specialized tactical and emergency response unit.
Prior to his appointment, Carey was an Assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey, serving from 2005 to 2013 under then-U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie as well as U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Carey was promoted to Chief of the Narcotics/Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit and served as the Lead Task Force Attorney.
Before becoming a federal prosecutor, in 1996, Carey was sworn in by the Honorable Robert Morgenthau as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, and was assigned to the Office of Special Narcotics. During this appointment, Carey was assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau and was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of a trial bureau.
Carey graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the American University in 1993; and he obtained his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1996.