|Elie Honig was sworn in as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice on February 27, 2013. As Director, Honig oversees a staff of over 500 law enforcement professionals, including prosecutors, detectives, analysts and support staff. During his time as Director, the Division has charged and prosecuted sweeping cases against street gangs, drug trafficking organizations, illegal firearms traffickers, corrupt public officials, child predators and white-collar corporate thieves. The Division also has developed new practice areas and has taken the lead on statewide law enforcement initiatives aimed at emerging criminal threats including post-Sandy fraud, cybercrime, human trafficking, and diversion of prescription painkillers.
From September 2012 until he became Director in February 2013, Honig served as Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, overseeing the Division’s Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau, and Specialized Crimes Bureau.
Prior to joining the Division of Criminal Justice, Honig worked for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting and trying cases involving organized crime, human trafficking, public corruption, and violent crime. From 2010 through 2012, Honig served as Deputy Chief, and later Co-Chief, of the Organized Crime Unit. Honig successfully prosecuted over 100 members and associates of La Cosa Nostra, including Bosses and other high-ranking members of the Gambino and Genovese Organized Crime Families. Honig convicted several mafia leaders of crimes including murder, racketeering, robbery, extortion and other charges at various trials. Honig also charged and tried large-scale cases involving public corruption and human trafficking. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Honig tried 15 cases to jury verdict, and argued over 20 cases in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2004, Honig worked as an associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling, in Washington, D.C.
Honig obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College (New Brunswick) in 1997, and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000.
Honig lives with his wife and two children in Middlesex County.