Craig Carpenito

Rider University will host alumnus and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito, Class of 1996, on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. The discussion is free and takes place in the Mercer Room, located in Daly Dining Hall on Rider University’s Lawrenceville campus. For more information and to register, visit The talk will highlight Carpenito’s path to the office and his vision of justice in the state.

As U.S. attorney, Carpenito is New Jersey’s highest-ranking federal prosecutor. He leads a staff of more than 130 lawyers and 100 staff members and oversees all federal criminal prosecutions and civil matters involving the federal government in New Jersey.

Carpenito was appointed in 2018 by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to serve as U.S. attorney for New Jersey via interim appointment. Though U.S. attorneys are typically appointed by the president, New Jersey federal judges then voted Carpenito into the position after President Trump did not choose a successor when his interim term was coming to an end.

Carpenito was hired by Chris Christie, New Jersey’s U.S. attorney at the time, to join the office in 2003 and served until 2008. Outside of working for the Department of Justice, Carpenito’s legal career comprised policing Wall Street as an enforcement attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and practicing in the private sector for the firm Alston & Bird, where he rose to become its co-head of litigation and trial practice.

He earned a bachelor’s in political science from Rider and his law degree from Seton Hall.

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