Paul F. Chaiet - Class of 1963
Judge Paul Chaiet is one of "The Bradley Beach Boys", having graduated from its elementary school. At APHS he was co-captain of the football, swimming, and baseball teams. He then attended Albright College where he continued to play football, becoming team co-captain. He was the recipient of several prizes and awards and was named to First Team All Pennsylvania, and All Middle Atlantic Conference. In 2003, he was elected to the Albright College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Judge Chaiet continued his education at Villanova University Law School, and graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in 1971. He became an Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor in 1973, and in 1978 was appointed the First Assistant Prosecutor. In that capacity, he prosecuted many important and high profile cases, several of which were the subjects of books and made for television movies. As a Prosecutor, Judge Chaiet was known as a thoroughly prepared, hard nosed litigator. In 1998, he was appointed as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, where he has served with distinction in the Civil, Family, and Criminal Divisions.
In 2002, Judge Chaiet, along with the Monmouth County Assignment Judge, Lawrence Lawson (Neptune ('66), founded the Monmouth County Drug Court. Judge Chaiet, along with his staff, has changed the course of the lives of many people. Over 150 people have been rescued from the scourge of drug addiction and turned into productive citizens. The emotionally uplifting graduation ceremonies in Drug Court, attended by the graduates, their loved ones, and community members, are legendary.
Judge Chaiet is married to Judi (Stokhammer APHS '64); they have two children, a daughter, Allison, married to Barry, a son, Marc, and two grandchildren. His favorite quotation is from Thomas Alva Edison, "There is no substitute for hard work".