New Jersey is set to gain seven new assistant U.S. attorneys as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s nationwide expansion of forces to fight drug crimes and enforce immigration laws, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Monday.
Four of the new hires in New Jersey will focus on violent crime, two on civil enforcement and one on immigration, according to a statement from the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The seven newcomers will bring the total number of assistant U.S. attorneys in the District of New Jersey to 138. The new positions have not been filled yet.
“The additional Assistant United States Attorneys provided to New Jersey that were announced by Attorney General Sessions today will provide a tremendous boost to our efforts to take dangerous criminals off the streets and protect the public,” Carpenito said in a statement. “Whether it’s prosecuting dangerous street gangs, pushing back against the tide of opioid abuse or shutting down fraudsters who prey on the most vulnerable among us, our focus is on safety and public protection,” Carpenito said.
The seven new positions in New Jersey are part of an addition of 311 new assistant U.S. attorney jobs nationwide that were announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, the 500th day of the Trump administration. Nationwide, 190 of the new hires will focus on violent crime, 86 will be assigned to civil enforcement and 35 will be assigned to immigration crimes.
Sessions said the new hires announced Monday represent “the largest increase in decades.” He said his office has a saying that a new federal prosecutor is “the coin of the realm.”
“When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership,” Sessions said in the statement.