Replaces Jerry Fischer of Burlington Twp.
BY TOM HESTER SR.
Michael I. Halfacre, a former Republican mayor of Fair Haven is the new director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Friday.
Halfacre, 45, ran his own law practice and specialized in transactions, including transfers of ABC licenses and real estate sales and refinance. In addition, he served as a municipal prosecutor for Little Silver and Rumson, where he sought convictions of drunk drivers and adults who provided alcohol to underage drinkers.
Halfacre will succeed Jerry Fischer of Burlington Township, who has been director since 2000.
“Michael Halfacre brings an outstanding record as a municipal legal professional that will be vital to leading the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control,” Chiesa said. “This is an important division with dedicated and expert legal and professional staff which regulates the commerce of alcoholic beverages within New Jersey.”
The ABC oversees liquor licenses for bars, restaurants and liquor stores, the sale of liquor, and the collection of liquor tax revenue.
“From the outset,” Halfacre said, “I will make combating underage drinking a priority, and strive to make our division more efficient and user-friendly to both the public and alcoholic beverage industry.”
Halfacre steps into the job following the signing last month of a major piece of legislation by Gov. Chris Christie that would allow New Jersey wineries producing 250,000 gallons or less of wine annually to ship to directly customers. The law also lets small in-state and out-of-state wineries operate up to 16 sales outlets in New Jersey.
Halfacre earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Dayton. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1991. He is married to Tricia, and they have three children: Ellie, Matthew and Marshall.