The Monmouth County Clerk

Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq.
Monmouth County Clerk

The County Clerk is an official authorized by the constitution of the State of New Jersey and, upon election to the office, carries a five year term.

Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. was elected as Monmouth County Clerk in November 2015 and was re-elected to a second term in November 2020. Prior to being elected as County Clerk, Christine was Of Counsel to the law firm of Archer & Greiner, PC. She practiced law for over 20 years and has focused her legal practice on government affairs and municipal law. She is also a former Commissioner on the Monmouth County Board of Elections, serving as Secretary for two years.

Christine received her law degree from Fordham University in 1992, following her graduation from Barnard College, Columbia University. After graduation from law school, she was Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Simon Chrein, Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York, from 1992 to 1993. She then served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, from 1993 to 1997, during which time she prosecuted white collar, narcotics and violent felony cases as a member of the Arson and Economic Crime Unit.

Ms. Hanlon currently serves as President of the Monmouth County S.P.C.A. and the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ). She is also the Immediate Past President of the Monmouth Bar Association, a Trustee for the Monmouth Bar Foundation and Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the State of New Jersey Blockchain Task Force.

Christine is the recipient of the 2020 “Woman of Distinction Award” from the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, the 2020 “Women in American History” Award from the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NJDAR), the 2019 “Silver Gull Award for Government Leadership” from the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, the 2018 “Person of the Year Award” from the Monmouth County Fraternal Order of Police, Superior Officer’s Lodge #30, and the 2017 “Spinnaker Award for Public Service” from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Christine is also a former President of the Greater Ocean Twp. Chamber of Commerce and received the “Outstanding Chamber Service Award” from that organization. She served on the Ocean Twp. Human Services Alliance Council as well as the Ocean Twp. Community Emergency Response Team. She is also a former Arbitrator for the State of New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee.

The County Clerk’s responsibilities comprise recording all real property records for the County (mortgages, land title deeds, liens, trade names and many other documents); managing the County’s electronic records archives and the County’s open public records system; preparing the election ballots, processing vote-by-mail applications, tabulating election totals and certifying election results to the Secretary of State; assisting people seeking passports; and storing court, county and municipal records, as well as a high volume of the County’s archival and historic records, some of which date as far back as the 17th century.

The County Clerk’s Office also provides resident, veteran, and Gold Star parent identification cards to County residents, administers oaths to notaries and public officials, and performs wedding ceremonies.