Corzine names top advisor to key position


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.

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