Halfacre To Become Director Of Alcoholic Beverage Control

halfacreFair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre was nominated by Governor Christie today to become the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The nomination requires the advice and consent of the State Senate. 

Halfacre, who is expected to resign as Fair Haven’s mayor and from his prosecutor jobs in Rumson and Little Silver, is replacing Jerry Fischer who has held the ABC job since 2000.

Halfacre will be leading the 50 person division which regulates nearly 10,000 liquor licensees throughout New Jersey.  The division is charged with implementing the new law that allows New Jersey wineries to ship their products to out of state customers on a limited basis and that allows out of state wineries to ship into New Jersey.

When reached for comment, Halfacre said to pull his ad. He referred all other questions to the Governor’s office.

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mike Halfacre | Tags: , , , , | 12 Comments »

12 Comments on “Halfacre To Become Director Of Alcoholic Beverage Control”

  1. TR said at 8:35 am on January 24th, 2012:

    I’ll drink to that!

  2. Justified Right said at 10:04 am on January 24th, 2012:

    I’ve known Mike for 20 years as a professional. Top drawer.

    Great pick by the Governor.

  3. Jim said at 1:04 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    Yet another government job for Mike Halfacre. Why am I not surprised? This guy sure knows how to feed at the public trough.

  4. My understanding is, said at 1:16 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    he has to give up several other jobs in order to get this one.. somebody has to fill most of these jobs, so, if you think you deserve one of them, send in all your qualifications to the Gov’s. office and apply!

  5. Hey Mon said at 2:16 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    Halfacre earned pension credits for all these years that he worked at various part-time municipal jobs. His pension will be determined not by what he actaully put into the state pension system, but rather by what he earned in his 3 best years feeding at the public trough. Halfacre hit the jackpot when he finally landed a full-time government gig. Sadly, it will be the taxpayers of New Jersey who will get the shaft.

  6. Comments and Questions said at 2:43 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    1. Halfacre is noted as being a 20 year attorney, 15 as sole practitioner (“real estate attorney”), 10 years experience as a school board attorney and prosecutor of Little Silver and Rumson. He also has served as councilman and mayor of Fair Haven, which may may stipends. It would appear that the prior work as school board attorney and the prosecutors jobs would have gotten him “into the system” for purposes of pension.
    2. FYI “my understanding is..” he will have to not only step down from position of mayor but the municipal prosecutor jobs. Those positions are not filled by the Governor — replacements will be named by Councils of the 2 towns.
    3. What is the “job description” of the director of the state division of Alcoholic beverage Control? How is the background, experience and qualifications of this individual relevant to this position? Is this the best candidate for the position, who else was considered, etc. ?
    4. The prior director (Jerrry Fischer, per APP data universe) had a 2011 salary of $120,000. The pension issue is a real concern. There were no changes to this particular abuse — i.e. the “last three years” rule in any of the reform legislation??

  7. Comments said at 5:00 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    As a borough attorney, didn’t he allow a business to remain open and sell alcohol without a liquor license for 6 months?

  8. James Giannell said at 6:35 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    As Mayor, Mike has done an incredible job containing and reducing the Fair Haven Borough Budget. It is this type of outlook that is needed in Trenton. I know we can all feel confident not only of his ability to handle the job but to also find and eliminate government waste. NJ Taxpayers should be happy !

  9. Christie Knows what he's doing said at 6:57 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    I laugh at the haters. Whether its Christie Haters or Halfacre Haters or Beck Haters Kyrillos Haters or Little Haters or Walsh Haters, the trolls who’ve never done nothing simply hate the ones who get results.

    Good on ya’ Mayor Mike. And Governor, and Senators Kyrillos and Beck and Mayors Walsh and Little. And everyone else who actually do things instead of snipe about them.

  10. Charles M said at 9:34 pm on January 24th, 2012:

    Great job Mike!

    As a side note his personal Facebook profile has been deleted, his Facebook page for himself, and a Facebook page that was entitled “Chris Christie supporters for Mike Halfacre”. Also his website (http://mikehalfacre.com/) has been pulled.

  11. TR said at 7:42 am on January 25th, 2012:

    Charles, Does that mean he no longer exists?

  12. Am well aware said at 12:15 pm on January 25th, 2012:

    as to who fills what positions, depending on what it is, the comment was mainly directed to the usual grumps like “Jim,” who obviously did not get a job he’d wanted, like the undersheriff job, when his sheriff cand. lost..and, since much of what ABC does is enforcement, would speculate that it’s a good idea to give it to an attorney/ somebody familiar with the laws and/or law enforcement..