LaRue, McGuire, Moran, and Coley tapped for posts


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.