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Interview with Charles C. Carella

Charles C. Carella was hired as an Assistant Prosecutor by Essex County Prosecutor Brendan T. Byrne, and later headed the so-called “Charlie Squad” created to focus on organized crime prosecutions. Following the election in 1973 of Byrne as governor, Mr. Carella was appointed as executive director of the New Jersey Lottery Commission, subsequently moving to the governor’s staff as the governor’s executive secretary. He left state government in 1976 to become a member of the law firm now known as Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody and Agnello, P.C., and is currently Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. After leaving office in January 1982, Governor Byrne joined the firm as a member.

Mr. Carella has extensive experience in corporate, environmental, banking and public utilities legal matters. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1959 and the New York Bar in 1983. He has also served as a member of the Ethical Standards Commission for the State of New Jersey; Chairman, New Jersey State Racing Commission, 1976-1980; and Chief Counsel to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners. He is a member of the Finance Board of the Archdiocese of Newark, and a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; a member of the Board of Trustees of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; a member of the Board of Trustees of University Health System of New Jersey; a member of the Board of Bally Gaming International, Inc; and a member of the Board of Carteret Savings Bank. He graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. degree in 1955 and received an LL.B. degree from Rutgers University in 1958.


Interview on December 14, 2009Transcript available here (pdf)