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SHEA NAMED CHIEF OF STAFF

Corzine names top advisor to key position

12/1/2005

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today named senior advisor and long-time aide Thomas Shea as his Chief-of-Staff. The announcement marks the first personnel decision Corzine has released regarding his administration since last month’s election.

“For more than five years Tom Shea has been an indispensable resource for me as a trusted advisor, capable manager, and skilled strategist,” Corzine said. “I will once again need his expertise as my administration tackles some of the most challenging circumstances New Jersey has ever faced. I could not think of a better person to fill this role and I’m honored that he accepted my offer.”

Shea has served Corzine in a variety of capacities since the 2000 U.S. Senate race, beginning as Corzine’s campaign communications director. As Corzine’s Senate Chief of Staff, Shea served as the Senator’s principal advisor on all matters and directed a staff of 50 in the development and implementation of Corzine’s legislative agenda. Shea most recently served as a top campaign advisor to the gubernatorial candidate – advising Corzine on critical policy and political affairs.

“It has been a privilege to work with Jon Corzine and to serve the people of New Jersey for the past five years,” Shea said. “I am even more honored that he’s offered me yet another opportunity to be of service.”

Shea’s previous work in state government includes a stint as assistant to the New Jersey Senate Majority. He later joined former Gov. Jim Florio’s administration, serving as Deputy Director of Appointments and as Chief of Staff for the General Services Administration.

Shea has a distinguished record of national service that includes positions in the U.S. Embassy in Paris and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. He also served as a Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton, with responsibility for selecting candidates for nomination and appointment to sub-Cabinet and senior level positions throughout the Administration. In the Clinton White House, Shea also served as a Special Assistant to White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Harold Ickes.

He has also amassed a long list of political campaign experience, including: Clinton/Gore 1992; Florio for Governor; Pallone for Congress; Dukakis/Bentsen ’88; and NJ Senate Majority ’87. He also served as a member of the 1992-93 Clinton/Gore Transition Team and as John Kerry’s Florida state director during the 2004 presidential election.

A cum laude graduate of the former Trenton State College, Shea is a native of Hamilton Twp. in Atlantic County.

The transition web site is located at: www.nj.gov/govelect.

CORZINE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL ADVISORY GROUPS II

Distinguished panels to advise transition leadership on implementing Corzine Agenda

12/5/2005

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced the formation of three Policy Groups that will give recommendations on how best to implement the detailed agenda he outlined during the campaign.

The announced Policy Groups will address Healthcare and Senior Issues; Environment; and Revitalizing and Investing in Communities.

Throughout the course of the transition these groups will map out short and long-term strategies for implementing the Governor-elect’s policy goals. Additionally, they will single out and examine critical issues that need to be addressed within the first six months of the administration.

“These individuals bring tremendous knowledge and experience to the table, and I’m proud to have them on board to assist in implementing my administration’s agenda,” Corzine said.

Members of the groups will provide factual information and honest assessments and will be tasked with compiling a written report of recommendations to be delivered to the Governor-elect prior to his inauguration. Corzine will announce the remaining Policy Groups shortly.

The co-chairs of each Policy Group are listed below.

Health Care and Senior Issues: The Health Care and Senior Issues Policy Group will examine many of the proposals offered during Governor-Elect Corzine’s gubernatorial campaign. Specifically, the group will outline steps to make health care more accessible, more affordable and safer for New Jersey citizens. In addition, the Policy Group will work towards identifying ways to: ensure that PAAD and Senior Gold remain strong in the wake of federal changes to the Medicare law; improve long-term care options; and bring social services to places where seniors live.
Co-chairs: Katherine Grant-Davis, Executive Director, New Jersey Primary Care Association; Pamela S. Dickson, Deputy Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr. P.H., President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Health; Christine Stearns, Vice President of Health and Legal Affairs, New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

Environment: The Environment Policy Group will examine critical issues facing New Jersey ’s clean air, clean water and natural habitats. The committee will consider the possibility of regional greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, chemical plant security standards, endangered species protections and open space preservation.
Co-chairs: Valorie Caffee, Director of Organizing, New Jersey Work Environment Council; Tom Gilmore, President, New Jersey Audubon Society; Eileen Swan, former Mayor, Lebanon Township, Highlands Commission Member.

Revitalizing and Investing in Communities: The Revitalizing and Investing in Communities Policy Group will tackle important issues and provide real solutions for assisting the Governor-elect in improving the quality of life of every New Jersey family. Specifically, this group will address the following: gang violence; education and opportunity; job creation and business promotion in high-unemployment areas; minority contracting; and making life affordable for struggling families.
Co-chairs: Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro; Roland Anglin, Executive Director, New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute; Susanne Svizeny, Regional President Southern/Central New Jersey, Wachovia Corporation.

Corzine previously announced the following Policy Groups: Ethics; Budget and Reengineering Government; Property Tax Reform; Economic Development; Labor and Workforce Development; Child Welfare; and Public Education.

CORZINE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL ADVISORY GROUPS

Distinguished panels to advise transition leadership on implementing Corzine Agenda

12/13/2005

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced the formation of nine Policy Groups that will give recommendations on how best to implement the detailed agenda he outlined during the campaign.

The announced Policy Groups will address Agriculture, Corrections, Energy, Higher Education, Homeland Security, Housing, Human Services, Military and Veterans Affairs and Transportation. The groups announced today round out the Policy Groups Governor-elect Corzine has assembled to assist him in the transition.

Throughout the course of the transition these groups will map out short- and long-term strategies for implementing the Governor-elect’s policy goals. Additionally, they will single out and examine critical issues that need to be addressed within the first six months of the administration.

“These are eminently qualified individuals who are the top experts in their fields,” Corzine said. “I am honored by their service and their commitment to the state of New Jersey.”

Members of the groups will provide factual information and honest assessments and will be tasked with compiling a written report of recommendations to be delivered to the Governor-elect prior to his inauguration.

The co-chairs of each Policy Group are listed below.

Agriculture: The Agriculture Policy Group will be examining current Department of Agriculture objectives. Specifically, the group will analyze current programs that provide funding for agriculture and open space preservation. In addition, the Policy Group will work towards identifying ways to ensure that current economic development programs within the Department of Agriculture have the necessary components to promote and support a thriving agriculture industry in the State.
Co-chairs: John Rigolizzo, Treasurer, Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey; Joanne Powell, livestock farmer in Somerset County; Art Brown, Director of Outreach for the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University and former New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture.

Corrections: The Corrections Policy Group will advise the Governor-elect on matters pertaining to corrections and rehabilitation. Among the advisory group’s responsibilities will be to analyze and address increases in gang recruitment and gang-related violence particularly in prisons, preparing state prisoners for successful reentry into the community and workforce and combating recidivism.
Co-chairs: Ralph Rivera, former State Police Major; Kenneth Zimmerman, Director, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; Dr. Renee Walker, Mercer County Community College professor and Director of “Project Inside.”

Energy: The Energy Policy Group will consider proposals to increase New Jersey’s generation of energy from renewable sources, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Co-chairs: Richard Wright, former Chief of Staff to Governor Florio and former Assistant United States Secretary of Energy for Legislative Affairs; Dena Mottola, Executive Director of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.

Higher Education: The Higher Education Policy Group will examine many of the proposals offered during Governor-elect Corzine’s gubernatorial campaign. Primarily, the group will discuss and propose initiatives that extend access to eligible students while making higher education more affordable and measures to stem the “brain drain” and encourage students to attend New Jersey institutions.
Co-chairs: Larry Downes, CEO of NJ Resources; George Pruitt, Chair, New Jersey President’s Council and President of Thomas Edison College; Rev. William Howard, Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church in Newark; Judith L. Johnston, President, New Jersey State Conference of American Association of University Professors and Professor of English at Rider University.

Homeland Security: The Homeland Security and Public Safety Policy Group will focus on the critical issues surrounding homeland security in New Jersey. This policy group will address the creation of a Director of Homeland Security within the Governor’s Office; the formation of a Commission on Homeland Security; transparency and clearly established criteria for distribution of state homeland security funding; issues surrounding New Jersey’s chemical plants, nuclear plants, ports, airports, and other critical infrastructure; coordination between public and private entities; and hometown security issues.
Co-chairs: Jon Goldstein, former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey; Dr. Elin Gursky, Principal Deputy for Biodefense in the National Strategies Support Directorate of ANSER/ Analytic Services, Inc.; Alberto Rivas, former Assistant United States Attorney and current federal monitor for New Jersey racial profiling consent decree; James Johnson, attorney in private practice and former Under-secretary of the United States Treasury for Enforcement.

Housing: The Housing Policy Group will discuss and develop recommendations for increasing access to homeownership for low- and middle-income families, expanding housing rental assistance and constructing more affordable housing, as well as preventing homelessness for families at risk and providing expanded housing opportunities for special needs populations. As part of this discussion, the Policy Group will also examine ways in which to maximize and refocus existing state housing resources and to leverage additional private funding.
Co-chairs: Maria Yglesias, Co-founder, M & M Development; Rev. Bruce Davidson, Chair, New Jersey Anti-Poverty Network; Michelle Richardson, Deputy Executive Director, Jersey City Housing Authority.

Human Services: Millions of New Jersey residents face daily struggles associated with poverty, mental health disorders, physical disabilities, or addiction. The Human Services Policy Group is charged with the task of examining these myriad issues. The group will also examine the delivery of services, including through Medicaid and will advise Governor-elect Corzine on how best to serve the state’s most vulnerable residents. Co-chairs: Bill Waldman, former Human Services Commissioner for Governors Florio and Whitman; Daniel Santo Pietro, Executive Director, Hispanic Directors Association; Velvet Miller, former New Jersey Medicaid Director and former Deputy Health Commissioner.

Military and Veterans Affairs: The Military and Veterans Affairs Policy Group will examine the current operations and objectives of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The group will focus on areas that include: the New Jersey National Guard and Reserves; New Jersey’s Military Installations, their missions and economic value to the state; Veterans and Family Support Services; and the relationship of the department with the Homeland Security/Homeland defense structure.
Co-chairs: Vice Admiral Paul Gaffney, President, Monmouth University and former Chair of the Governor’s Commission to Support and Enhance New Jersey’s Military Installations; Ben Choi, attorney in private practice and retired Army Captain; Elisa Westfield, attorney, retired Army Captain and West Point graduate.

Transportation: The Transportation policy group will examine ways to address the financial problems facing New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund. The policy group will also identify key highway and mass transit projects.
Co-chairs: Ajay Singh, Chief of Sustainability and Environmental Management for New York Metro Transportation Authority; Pamela Fischer, Vice President, AAA of New Jersey; Ray Pocino, Vice President and Regional Manager of the Laborers International Union of North America; Lou Gambaccini, former Commissioner of Transportation and former General Manager of SEPTA.

Corzine previously announced the following Policy Groups: Ethics; Budget and Reengineering Government; Property Tax Reform; Economic Development; Labor and Workforce Development; Child Welfare; Public Education; Healthcare and Senior Issues; Environment; and Revitalizing and Investing in Communities.

CORZINE NAMES RABNER CHIEF COUNSEL

Mendez and Howard tapped for communications, policy posts

12/14/2005

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced that Stuart Rabner, head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office criminal division, will join his administration as chief counsel. Corzine also selected Ivette Mendez to serve as communications director and Heather Howard as policy counsel. Corzine said Rabner typifies the tone he intends to set throughout his administration.

“As the transition began, I said I’d seek out the sharpest minds and straightest arrows to serve in my administration, and without a doubt Stuart Rabner epitomizes that ideal,” Corzine said. “Stuart has worked tirelessly on the people’s behalf at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, fighting corruption, terrorism and violent crime.

“I will look to Stuart’s counsel and guidance on matters of importance to my administration, confident that every day he is placing the people’s needs first.”

Rabner currently heads the U.S. Attorney’s Office criminal division in Newark, prosecuting violations of federal criminal law and supervising 100 attorneys and staff. Rabner prosecuted several major cases including a recent terrorism case and several corruption cases. He is a two-time recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance.

“It is a tremendous honor to work with Gov.-elect Corzine and to support his efforts to restore public confidence in government,” Rabner said. “The public has the right to demand that its officials conduct the affairs of government according the highest ethical standards. We will strive to live up to that vital measure each and every day.”

Rabner graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and cum laude from Harvard Law School. The Passaic native resides in Caldwell with his wife and three children.

Corzine also tapped campaign press secretary Ivette Mendez to serve as communications director.

“Ivette Mendez is a skilled communicator who has played a vital role during both of my campaigns for public office,” Corzine said. “I am pleased that she will play a similar role in the days ahead, shaping the message of my administration and communicating my vision for our great state.”

Mendez served as press secretary for Corzine’s gubernatorial campaign and his 2000 Senate race. Prior to the recent campaign stint, she was a spokesperson for Verizon Communications for four years. She served as communications director for Congressman Robert Menendez from 1998 to 2000. Mendez also was a reporter at the Star-Ledger from 1989 to 1997, and at the Paterson News in 1984 to 1986.

“I truly look forward to working for Gov.-elect Corzine as he embarks on making the changes to move New Jersey ahead,” said Mendez.

Mendez was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Plainfield. The Douglass College graduate now resides in Montclair.

Corzine also announced that his Senate chief-of-staff Heather Howard will serve as policy counsel in the Governor’s Office, where she will lead the administration’s policy development team.

“Heather Howard is a smart and talented manager who has run my day-to-day Senate operation with skill and dependability,” Corzine said. “My administration would not be complete without Heather’s sharp analysis, firm grasp of the issues, and avowed love for public policies that change lives for the better.”

Howard has worked for Senator Corzine for five years, previously as his deputy chief of staff for policy and planning and counsel. Howard also served as policy advisor to former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work for Jon Corzine over the last five years,” Howard said. “He is a visionary and strong leader with a tremendous passion for progressive policy. I am thrilled to be a part of this great team.”

Howard graduated cum laude from Duke University and cum laude from New York University School of Law. She will relocate to New Jersey along with her husband and son.

CORZINE NAMES THREE DEPUTY CHIEFS OF STAFF AND PRESS SECRETARY

LaRue, McGuire, Moran, and Coley tapped for posts

12/20/2005

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced that Jeannine LaRue, Patti McGuire and Maggie Moran will join his administration as his deputy chiefs of staff. Corzine also selected Anthony Coley to serve as press secretary.

“I need top-notch people to work closely with me as we tackle the issues facing New Jersey, and, individually, Jeannine LaRue, Patti McGuire and Maggie Moran have tremendous skills and incredible experience,” Corzine said. “I am glad they have agreed to join my team and help me make things work.”

LaRue’s responsibilities will include working with elected officials and overseeing the office of appointments, and she will serve as the Governor’s liaison for grassroots and nonprofit organizations. McGuire will handle legislative initiatives and grants, and will oversee the Governor’s schedule. Moran will be the contact for the Cabinet, management and operations.

LaRue has been with Saint Barnabas Health Care System since 1997, and currently is senior vice president of the Office of Governmental Affairs. She was the founding executive director of 10,000 Mentors, Inc., a non-profit operation that matched mentors with Newark elementary students. She served on the Casino Control Commission from 1991 to 1996. LaRue also was a co-chair for Corzine Connection in the gubernatorial campaign.

“I am tremendously pleased to work with Jon Corzine as he begins to make a better New Jersey for all of us,” said LaRue. “I know he will make a difference for our state, and I am happy to play a role.”

LaRue, who lives in Trenton, graduated from Glassboro State College (now named Rowan University) with a bachelor of arts in English, and completed course studies for a masters’ degree in school and community relations.

McGuire, who has extensive experience in the political arena, was the state director for Corzine’s Senate office in 2001. She was campaign coordinator for his 2000 Senate bid and oversaw the 1997 Democratic Party’s coordinated state campaign. She also served as chief of staff for Congressman Robert Menendez. She is currently a co-owner of Front Porch Strategies.

“I look forward to again working closely with Jon Corzine,” said McGuire. “I know that we have a lot of work ahead of us, and our team is ready to get started.”

McGuire has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Jersey City University. She lives in Summit with her husband.

Moran has been involved with politics and public service since she graduated from Douglass College in 1996. In 1998, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg appointed her as state director. She served as campaign manager for the Gore for President New Jersey race in 2000. Corzine appointed her as state director in 2002, a position she held until earlier this year when she became a senior advisor to the state party during his gubernatorial bid.

“I am indeed honored that Jon Corzine has asked me to join him as he continues his pursuit in making the lives of New Jerseyans better,” said Moran. “If anyone can make a difference for the people of New Jersey, it’s Jon Corzine and it’s going to be an exciting time for both our team and the Garden State.”

Moran and her husband have one child and live in Belmar.

Corzine also tapped his current Senate spokesman in Washington as press secretary.

“Anthony is a Capitol Hill veteran and a talented spokesman who has been invaluable to me in Washington,” said Corzine. “I am thrilled he agreed to come help me in my administration.”

Coley was a regional communications director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Coley has also served as communications director and chief spokesman for U.S. Senator Zell Miller and U.S. Representative Harold Ford Jr. He is a native of LaGrange, North Carolina and a graduate of Morehouse College.

“I am both pleased and humbled that Governor-elect Corzine has given me this profound opportunity,” Coley said. “Without question, Jon Corzine is a class act and his vision for building a better, brighter New Jersey inspires us all. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining this great team.”

Corzine earlier this month announced Tom Shea will be his Chief of Staff. He announced last week that Stuart Rabner, head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office criminal division, will join his administration as chief counsel. Corzine also selected Ivette Mendez to serve as communications director and Heather Howard as policy counsel.

CORZINE NAMES SECRETARY OF STATE AND MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS ADJUTANT GENERAL

Taps Nina Mitchell Wells and Major General Glenn K. Rieth to Serve

1/3/2006

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today nominated Nina Mitchell Wells to serve as Secretary of State and renamed Major General Glenn K. Rieth as Adjutant General of New Jersey and head of the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

“I’m very pleased to name these two outstanding individuals to serve in my administration,” Corzine said. “I’ve always said that I’d choose nominees with impeccable credentials and distinguished experience, and I’m proud that both Nina Mitchell Wells and Major General Rieth have agreed to be a part of my team.”

Wells, who served as Vice President of Public Affairs for Schering-Plough until February 2004, graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, now known as Boston College, and earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. Previously she served as Assistant Dean and Director of the minority student program and financial aid at Rutgers University School of Law. She resides in Livingston with her husband, and they have two children.

“I am honored and excited to join Governor Corzine’s cabinet. I look forward to being a champion for New Jersey’s extraordinary cultural and arts institutions,” said Wells. “I am very interested in partnering with foundations, corporations and interested individuals to ensure needed funding so these institutions can continue to flourish. These cultural institutions are the true jewels of New Jersey.”

Major General Rieth has served as Adjutant General of New Jersey since 2002. During that time he has commanded over 9,000 soldiers and airmen of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard. The General earned a Bachelor of Arts from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina where he was the Distinguished Military Graduate, he is also a graduate of the Army War College. The General resides in Ewing with his wife, and they have two children.

“I’m proud of the work that I’ve been able to accomplish for New Jersey’s veterans and military over the past few years,” said General Rieth. “I approach this continued opportunity to serve with great excitement and look forward to working every day for New Jersey’s veterans and our men and women in uniform.”

These are Governor-elect Corzine’s first cabinet appointments. All Department heads are appointed by the Governor with the advise and consent of the Senate. The only exception is the Secretary of Agriculture who is appointed by the Board of Agriculture pending the Governor’s approval.

The Department of State oversees arts, cultural and historical services in New Jersey. This includes the State Archives and Records Management, the State Museum, the Historical Commission, the Council on the Arts, the Cultural Trust, the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission, the Commission on American Indian Affairs, and the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.

The Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs oversees veterans services in New Jersey as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. The department is also responsible for the military response element of the state’s homeland security program.

CORZINE NAMES HUMAN SERVICES AND HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES COMMISSIONERS

Taps Kevin Ryan and Fred Jacobs to Serve

1/9/2006

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today nominated Kevin Ryan to serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and renamed Fred Jacobs to head the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

“I’m proud to name Kevin Ryan and Fred Jacobs to our team and add them to the list of outstanding individuals with distinguished records of service who will work on behalf of the people of New Jersey in this administration,” Corzine said. “Both Kevin and Fred understand the challenges that lie ahead for their departments, and both have the skills to tackle the important issues they will face.”

Kevin Ryan has served as the State Child Advocate since October 2003. During his tenure he has been responsible for holding accountable state agencies that serve children at risk of abuse and neglect. His work has dealt specifically with agencies that oversee juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health and disabilities. Ryan has previously served as Human Services Chief of Staff. He earned a B.A. from The Catholic University of America, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He is married with six children and resides in Fair Haven.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of New Jersey’s at-risk children, families and persons with disabilities,” said Ryan. “I understand that the work ahead will not be easy, but I welcome the challenge and look forward to working with Governor-elect Corzine to bring about positive change.”

Fred Jacobs, M.D., J.D., has served as DHSS commissioner since 2004. His tenure as commissioner follows a distinguished 37-year career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Jacobs earned an A.B from Colgate University, an M.D. from University of Miami School of Medicine and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. He is married with two children and resides in Short Hills.

“I am extremely gratified to have been asked by Governor-elect Corzine to continue as commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services in his administration,” said Jacobs. “It is both a recognition of the valuable contributions made by the department and an opportunity to continue these important initiatives into the future. I look forward to working with the Corzine team for the benefit of all New Jerseyans.”

Previously Governor-elect Corzine nominated Ronald Chen to serve as the Public Advocate and Lisa Jackson to serve as the Environmental Protection Commissioner. Additionally he tapped Nina Wells to serve as Secretary of State and renamed Major General Glenn Rieth as The Adjutant General of New Jersey. All Department heads are appointed by the Governor with the advise and consent of the Senate. The only exception is the Secretary of Agriculture who is appointed by the Board of Agriculture with the Governor’s approval. Cabinet officers who are retained by a new administration are not required to be renominated and reconfirmed by the Senate.

The Department of Human Services operates six state psychiatric hospitals, seven centers for persons with developmental disabilities and three residential treatment facilities for children. DHS also oversees the administration of Medicaid, welfare and other social benefits. It provides social services for roughly one of every eight people in New Jersey.

The Department of Health and Senior Services oversees all aspects of public health services. It is responsible for oversight of health care institutions, managed care companies, hospital financing, public health and environmental laboratory services, senior services, health care policy and research, minority and multi-cultural health and preparedness for and response to all health-related aspects of terrorism.

CORZINE ANNOUNCES STATE AND NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR CORRECTIONS AND EDUCATION COMMISSIONERS

Names Assistant Commissioner Hayman and Acting Commissioner Davy to Serve in the Interim

1/10/2006

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today announced a state and nationwide search to fill the top posts in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. In the interim, Corzine has asked Assistant Corrections Commissioner George Hayman, and Acting Education Commissioner Lucille Davy, to serve as acting commissioners.

“I have always said that I would search far and wide for individuals with exceptional ability and integrity to serve the people of New Jersey,” Corzine said. “I think highly of Assistant Commissioner Hayman and Acting Commissioner Davy and I am grateful that they have agreed to continue their service to New Jersey while the search is conducted.”

Corzine said that he has met with both Hayman and Davy to ensure that they will continue to move the agenda forward until two permanent commissioners are named. Corzine went on to note that he would welcome both Hayman and Davy as candidates in the state and nationwide search.

Hayman, a 22-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, has served in his present role since June 2003. He earned both an M.A. and B.A. in social work from Rutgers University in Camden. He lives with his wife in Willingboro and they have three children.

Davy was first appointed Acting Education Commissioner in 2005; previously she served as Special Counsel to the Governor on Education. She earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.S. in mathematics from Seton Hall University. She lives in Pennington with her husband and two sons.

The Department of Corrections is responsible for operating the state’s eight prisons, a correctional facility for women, three youth correctional facilities and a facility for sex offenders. The department is responsible for all inmates in state correctional facilities.

The Department of Education administers state and federal aid programs for public and non-public elementary and secondary school children and ensures that schools comply with all state and federal laws and regulations. The department also oversees student transportation and education programs for adults and persons who are disadvantaged, disabled or foreign-born.

Previously Governor-elect Corzine nominated Kevin Ryan to serve as Human Services Commissioner; Ronald Chen to serve as Public Advocate; Lisa Jackson to serve as Environmental Protection Commissioner; and Nina Wells to serve as Secretary of State. Additionally he renamed Major General Glenn Rieth as The Adjutant General of New Jersey and Fred Jacobs as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

All Department heads are appointed by the Governor with the advise and consent of the Senate. The only exception is the Secretary of Agriculture who is appointed by the Board of Agriculture with the Governor’s approval. Cabinet officers who are retained by a new administration are not required to be renominated and reconfirmed by the Senate.

CORZINE NAMES ZULIMA FARBER AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Former Public Advocate to Serve as Top Law Enforcement Official

1/11/2006

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today nominated Zulima V. Farber, a long-time partner at one of New Jersey’s most prominent law firms and the state’s former public advocate and public defender, to serve as Attorney General.

“I am very proud to announce that Zulima Farber will join my Cabinet as Attorney General,” Corzine said. “Her outstanding accomplishments, background and skills will serve the people of New Jersey well and I truly look forward to working with her in the coming years.”

Farber is with the Lowenstein Sandler firm, which she joined in 1981, becoming a partner in 1986. She has more than 30 years of litigation experience in both state and federal courts. She served as New Jersey Public Advocate and Public Defender from 1992 to 1994 in Governor James Florio’s Cabinet.

Before going to Lowenstein and Sandler, Farber served as assistant counsel to Governor Brendan Byrne and as assistant prosecutor in Bergen County. Farber is a member, and former chairperson, of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She serves on the New Jersey Commission to Review Criminal Sentencing. During the transition period, Farber served as a co-chair of Governor-elect Corzine’s Ethics Advisory Group, a bipartisan group principally charged with implementing his ethics agenda.

She earned a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School and a B.A. and M.A. from Montclair State College (now called Montclair State University). She lives in North Bergen.

“I am honored and humbled by this nomination,” said Farber. “I thank Governor-elect Corzine for his confidence in me and for the opportunity to serve the people of this state as the Attorney General. These are particularly challenging times, and I look forward to working with Governor Corzine and his Cabinet to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans.”

Previously, Governor-elect Corzine nominated Kevin Ryan to serve as Human Services Commissioner; Ronald Chen to serve as Public Advocate; Lisa Jackson to serve as Environmental Protection Commissioner; and Nina Wells to serve as Secretary of State. Additionally he renamed Major General Glenn Rieth as The Adjutant General of New Jersey and Fred Jacobs as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

He also has announced a state and nationwide search to fill the top posts in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. In the interim, Corzine has asked Assistant Corrections Commissioner George Hayman, and Acting Education Commissioner Lucille Davy, to serve as acting commissioners.

All Department heads are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The only exception is the Secretary of Agriculture who is appointed by the Board of Agriculture with the Governor’s approval. Cabinet officers who are retained by a new administration are not required to be renominated and reconfirmed by the Senate.

The Attorney General is the state’s top law enforcement official and the head of the Department of Law and Public Safety. The department is responsible for the protection of New Jersey’s citizens through law enforcement and emergency response. The department is also charged with protecting the civil and consumer rights of New Jersey’s citizens, promoting highway traffic safety, overseeing the alcoholic beverage, gaming and racing industries and providing legal counsel to other state agencies.

CORZINE NOMINATES BRADLEY ABELOW AS STATE TREASURER

Governor-elect Also Announces Members of Budget Reform Advisory Committee

1/13/2006

TRENTON – Governor-elect Jon S. Corzine today nominated former Goldman Sachs executive Bradley I. Abelow to serve as state treasurer. He also announced the four members of his Budget Reform Advisory Committee.

“In order to get to build a better, brighter New Jersey, we must end hand-to-mouth, year-to-year decision making and replace it with long-term thinking and planning,” Corzine said. “Bradley Abelow knows how to do this. He will bring exceptional experience, a keen intellect and 21st century management practices to state government. I am pleased that he has agreed to join my new Administration.”

Abelow retired from Goldman Sachs in 2004 as head of the Operations Division after a 15-year career with the firm. In that capacity, he oversaw the Global Operations, Corporate Real Estate and Corporate Services departments. Prior to that role, he was responsible for the Operations, Technology and Finance Division in Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Abelow earned an M.B.A from Yale University School of Management and a B.A. from Northwestern University. He and his family are relocating from New York to New Jersey.

“I plan to work closely with Governor-elect Corzine to bring to fruition his vision to move New Jersey from a pattern of tax, borrow and spend to a new paradigm of invest, grow and prosper,” Abelow said. “With a steady eye on long-term growth, I will never lose track of the bottom line. I could not be more thrilled to join Governor-elect Corzine as he implements sound fiscal policies that return this state to the path of economic growth.”

Also, Corzine today announced members of his Budget Reform Advisory Committee to give him recommendations on how best to implement the detailed agenda he outlined during the campaign. The members of the advisory committee include:

  • Carol O’Cleireacain, Former Budget Director and Finance Commissioner for New York City
  • Barry Zubrow, Former Goldman Sachs Chief Administrative Officer
  • Richard Keevey, Visiting Professor at Princeton University, Academy of Public Administration (Director of Performance Consortium); former director of the Office of Management and Budget for New Jersey CliffGoldman- Former New Jersey State Treasurer; government financial advisor, Goldman Beale Associates

Over the last two weeks, Governor-elect Corzine has nominated the following individuals to serve in his cabinet: Zulima Farber, Attorney General; Kevin Ryan, Human Services Commissioner; Ronald Chen, Public Advocate; Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Commissioner; and Nina Wells, Secretary of State. Additionally, Corzine has renamed Major General Glenn Rieth as the Adjutant General of New Jersey and Fred Jacobs as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

Earlier this week, Corzine also announced a state and nationwide search to fill the top posts in the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. In the interim, Corzine has asked Assistant Corrections Commissioner George Hayman, and Acting Education Commissioner Lucille Davy, to serve as acting commissioners.

All Department heads are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The only exception is the Secretary of Agriculture who is appointed by the Board of Agriculture with the Governor’s approval. Cabinet officers who are retained by a new administration are not required to be renominated and reconfirmed by the Senate.

With oversight of 12 divisions and 3,500 employees, the state treasurer is responsible for the generation and collection of revenues as well as the distribution of appropriations that fund the operations of state government.