NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey will be accepting an assignment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey at the completion of his five-year term.

This fall he is expected to be sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney and will be assigned as the Attorney-in-Charge for the Camden Branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carey was appointed as acting county prosecutor May 2013. He was formally nominated by then Gov. Chris Christie and was confirmed as the county prosecutor by the state Senate on June 2014.

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“It has been my absolute honor to serve as the Middlesex County Prosecutor and my privilege to work alongside so many dedicated prosecutors and police officers who work tirelessly each day to protect and serve our community,” Carey said. “I greatly value the partnerships that Middlesex County law enforcement officials have forged with our community leaders and partners.

“I am grateful for the opportunity being extended by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. I am very fortunate to be able to continue my career as a prosecutor at such a well-respected office.”

A statement released by the prosecutor's office today detailed how Carey’s assistant prosecutors, detectives and local law enforcement agencies worked diligently to build trust between law enforcement and the diverse communities of Middlesex County.

Carey’s initiatives included implementing mental health training for law enforcement, forming an Elder Abuse and Exploitation Team, initiating a comprehensive veteran’s program, emphasizing best practices for school safety and juveniles matters, formulating cold case review protocol and addressing the current drug crisis through programs and symposiums which emphasize prevention, treatment, education and effective law enforcement.

According to the statement, Carey's term was punctuated by aggressive investigations and prosecutions of "corrupt" public officials and strongly advocating for victims’ rights.

Prior to serving as county prosecutor, Carey was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, under then U.S. Attorneys Christie and Fishman, and was assigned as the Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.

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.

“I would also like to thank Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for supporting the mission of the Prosecutor’s Office," Carey said.