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PHOTO: Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon

TRENTON, NJ – Christine Giordano Hanlon was confirmed as the Monmouth County Clerk this afternoon by the New Jersey State Senate.

“The nearly two months I served as Acting County Clerk have been incredible,” said Hanlon. “Being the County Clerk is an honor and I look forward to continuing to work hard for the residents of Monmouth County.”

Governor Chris Christie nominated Hanlon to become the Monmouth County Clerk effective April 1, 2015, upon the retirement of long time Monmouth Clerk M. Claire French. Hanlon has been serving as “Acting” Clerk since that time, awaiting confirmation by the State Senate.

According to state law, the Governor has the authority to nominate a successor to the office of County Clerk in the event of a vacancy, but that nomination must be confirmed by the State Senate to become effective.

Hanlon will run for a full, five year term in the November General Election.

Prior to being sworn in as Monmouth County Clerk, Hanlon, of Ocean Township, was formerly an attorney at Archer & Greiner’s Middletown office.  She served as Deputy Borough Attorney in Tinton Falls, Municipal Prosecutor in Atlantic Highlands and as a Commissioner of the Monmouth County Board of Elections.

The County Clerk’s office oversees the recording and filing of property deeds and other official documents, preparing the election ballots, processing vote-by-mail applications, tabulating election totals and certifying election results to the Secretary of State, passport processing and the Monmouth County archives.