Fredric M. Knapp was appointed Morris County Prosecutor by Governor Chris Christie on June 27, 2014, following confirmation by the New Jersey Senate. Immediately prior to confirmation as Prosecutor, he was serving as Acting Morris County Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General since December 14, 2012. He was previously engaged in the private practice of law since 1983 as a partner in several law firms.
Prior to his appointment as Morris County Prosecutor, Knapp had served as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice from 1979 to 1983 in the Appellate, Trial and Casino Prosecution sections. In 1981, Knapp was appointed a Special Assistant United States Attorney and was assigned by the Department of Justice to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force. In that capacity, Knapp investigated and prosecuted Organized Crime and Labor Racketeering cases arising in Atlantic City and Southern New Jersey. Knapp also worked with the New Jersey State Police Intelligence Bureau and Atlantic City Special Investigations Bureau on Organized Crime Investigations, also originating in Atlantic and Camden Counties.
Prosecutor Knapp was elected President of the County Prosecutor’s Association of New Jersey in November of 2017 and previously held several offices in that organization. Since his appointment as County Prosecutor, Knapp has made narcotics enforcement a priority within the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and speaks regularly on that topic. On June 8, 2017, Prosecutor Knapp was named “Prosecutor of the Year” by the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. Prosecutor Knapp was also one of 35 Prosecutors selected nationally by the National District Attorney’s Association to serve on the NDAA Opioid/Heroin Task Force to develop a national strategy to combat the epidemic.