The Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor is being deployed to Afghanistan. After all he has done to try and stop the heroin epidemic at the Jersey Shore, we want to honor him this week!Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni will be spending the next six months in Afghanistan. He is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve.

He's got a wife and kids.

He has been an amazing person to have in the Prosecutor's Office here in Monmouth County and we miss him already, even though he doesn't leave 'til this Friday (April 11th, 2014). His wife and children will miss him, too! We can tell you that Christopher Gramiccione is one of the good guys. It is amazing how much he has already accomplished in serving our country and our county, and we are lucky to have him on our side.

We are particularly thankful for the time he has devoted to educating us all on what can happen to our kids if we don't pay attention to the heroin problem in our backyard. He has spoken at area schools and been on our radio show several times.

Christopher was born at Fort Monmouth and then spent his youth living in several locations around the world and country. In February 2011, Mr. Gramiccioni joined the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor as its First Assistant Prosecutor.

On July 1, 2012 he was appointed Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor. In addition to all of his duties for Monmouth County, he has made it a mission to stop the heroin epidemic that has caused tragic death and addiction among our residents, many of them in their young adulthood or teens.

If you'd like to know more about Mr. Gramiccione, please read on to see just how much this man has done for our country. In January 1997, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy JAG Corps and, in March 1999, reported to San Diego where he was assigned tours as a prosecutor, defense attorney and legal assistance advisor. While serving as a prosecutor, Christopher Gramiccioni prosecuted hundreds of criminal matters, including cases involving child abuse and narcotics-related offenses. He also provided at-sea legal services to military personnel attached to a number of vessel commands and handled cases at numerous other naval bases. In 2001, Christopher Gramiccioni reported to San Juan and served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney where he prosecuted sensitive cases. From 2001 to 2002, he served as an appellate government counsel in Washington, DC, where he drafted briefs involving constitutional issues and presented oral arguments on behalf of the United States in federal court. Christopher left active duty in June 2002 and became a member of the Naval Reserve.

From August 2002 to February 2011, Christopher served as an Assistnat U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he handled hundreds of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. He worked in the Public Corruption Division, the Organized Crime and Drug enforcement Task Force Unit and the Terrorism Unit. The types of cases he handled included money laundering, narcotics crimes, and various gang-related violent crimes.

May God Bless You in your travels and your duties until you return safely to your family and to us, Christopher!