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Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy, as he says, "grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day." That has shaped Phil's values, his priorities, and the kind of governor he will be.

Religion, basic values, work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life. His father never graduated from high school, his mother worked as a secretary; they inspired Phil and his three siblings to pursue their educations and be active participants in civic life.

Phil put himself through Harvard on loans and part-time jobs. After earning a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at the bottom, working his way up to help lead a major international business by learning how economies grow and create jobs.

Phil has helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors, and these groups have changed thousands of lives for the better. Nationally, Phil served proudly as New Jersey's sole representative on the board of the NAACP, the world's oldest civil rights organization. He served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, helping Howard Dean on the "Fifty-State Strategy" that rebuilt the Democratic Party from the grassroots up; that effort helped return Congress to Democratic hands in 2006 and elect President Barack Obama in 2008. Phil also has led national and state task forces on education and public employee pensions and benefits.

In 2009, Phil answered President Obama's call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. After returning home in 2013, Phil and his wife, Tammy, saw our state falling behind. They couldn't sit by and watch hard working families struggling to stay even, much less get ahead. They founded New Start New Jersey as a "think and do" organization to rebuild the state's economy from the middle class out — New Start New Jersey partnered with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which is helping older, long-term unemployed residents once again actively compete for good jobs.

As governor, Phil will make New Jersey more fair and just for all residents. His vision would grow the middle class and jumpstart the state's economy by targeting investments in people and infrastructure, reclaiming New Jersey's mantle as a center of the STEM and innovation economies, protecting working families by raising the minimum wage and expanding earned sick leave for all, and protecting the middle class with real tax fairness.

Phil and Tammy live in Monmouth County and are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.

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Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, a native of Newark, NJ, attended the Newark Public School System, graduating from Weequahic High School.

She entered Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and earned a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude in Sociology, then obtained a Master of Science Degree from Columbia University in New York in Community Organization, Planning and Administration.

She began her career working in municipal government, serving as the Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects for the City of Newark, within the Mayor's Office of Employment and Training. She was responsible for developing strategic plans to prepare youth 14 - 21 for entry into post-secondary education and entry into the workforce, developing Requests for Proposals and funding employment and training organizations to deliver program services.

A decade later, Oliver became the Development Director for The Newark Literacy Campaign, while working at Caldwell College as the Coordinator of Career Guidance within the Educational Opportunity Fund Program. For several years, she worked on several college campuses, teaching classes in Achievement Motivation, Non-Profit Management, and Pre-College Preparation. During this time, Oliver served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit organizations to provide training in board and program development; grantsmanship and financial management, and spent several years as the Director of the Essex County Division of Community Action, an anti-poverty initiative established by the federal government.

In 1996, Oliver became an Essex County Freeholder, and served on the Board of Chosen Freeholders until 1999.

Assemblywoman Oliver has spent a significant number of years serving on the boards of voluntary non-profit organizations, including but not limited to East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees; the United Way; the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods; the East Orange Board of Education; the Newark Collaboration Group; the Rutgers-Newark Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Council; the Global Women's Leadership Collaborative of NJ; the Essex County and East Orange Committees on the Status of Women; Programs for Parents; and a number of other community-based entities. She has held membership in the Women's Political Caucus of NJ, the NAACP and the Urban League.

Oliver was elected to the NJ General Assembly in 2003 and began to serve her first term in 2004, representing District 34, which currently includes East Orange, Orange, Montclair and Clifton. The district previously contained Glen Ridge and Woodland Park. During her tenure in the General Assembly, she has chaired the Human Services Committee, and served on the Labor, Higher Education, Women and Children; Commerce and Economic Development; and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees.

She also serves on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

In 2010, the Assemblywoman became the Speaker of the General Assembly, and served as Speaker until 2014. She became only the second woman in New Jersey's 300 year history to serve as Speaker, and the second African-American woman in the United States to lead a legislative house, following Congresswoman Karen Bass, who served as Speaker in California.

During her tenure as Speaker, she was active in the National Speakers Association, the State Legislative Leaders Conference, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Women In Government.

Assemblywoman Oliver has resided in the City of East Orange for over 40 years.

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Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti
Acting Transportation Commissioner

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Mary K. E. Maples
Governor's Representative

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Elizabeth Maher Muoio
Acting State Treasurer

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FLORA M. CASTILLO is a Certified Health Insurance Executive (CHIE) with more than 25 years of health care, transportation, social determinants of health, non-profit/trade association management and managed care experience. Ms. Castillo has served as a member of the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors since 1999. She was appointed to the board by New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman - making her the first Latina and the youngest member to serve on the Board. She currently chairs the Board's Customer Service Committee and is a member of the Safety and Administration Committees.

An ardent transit advocate, Ms. Castillo has played a vital role in ensuring quality services for NJ TRANSIT customers, including increased seating capacity, cleaner trains and buses and new equipment. Ms. Castillo's advocacy for diversity and inclusion led to the creation of a chief diversity officer role, establishment of a succession plan and enhanced goals and strategies in support of small disadvantaged business enterprises. In 2003, she launched the Corporation's first-ever Transit Academy Workforce Awareness and Readiness Program, formed to introduce high school students and young adults to different career opportunities within the transportation industry.

Ms. Castillo served at the national level as the 2012-2013 chair of The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the first Latina elected to the position. In this role, she served as the spokesperson for the industry and led its 100-member board, 17-member executive committee and member systems that represent more than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada. In 2010, APTA honored her as the Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member for her contributions to the industry.

Ms. Castillo is National Vice President of Transportation for UnitedHealthcare Community & State myConnections, serving over five million Medicaid members in 24 states and Washington D.C. She also is a member of the board of directors of Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Women Transportation Seminar (WTS), PlanW Political Action Committee, and National Urban Fellows. She is an advisory board member of The Alan Voorhees Transportation Center and Transportation Diversity Council.

Ms. Castillo has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2016 Women Who Move The Nation Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; 2013 Latina Trailblazer Award from the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; Hispanic Business 50 Influentials; Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal; and Transportation Leadership Award from Newark Regional Business Partnership. She also received the Transportation Diversity Council Award for Diversity and The Agent of Change in Public Transportation Award, and was recognized by Metro Magazine as one of public transportation's Movers and Shakers in 2011.

Born and raised in El Salvador, Ms. Castillo immigrated to Long Island, NY in 1981. She went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Management Business Administration from Long Island University in Southampton, NY. She is a graduate of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Services Series; Leadership, Inc. Program of Philadelphia; and America's Health Insurance Plans Foundation's Executive Leadership Fellowship where was awarded the CHIE designation, making her one of only 400 national fellows to earn such designation.

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JAMES C. "JAMIE" FINKLE is a New Jersey attorney, currently serving as General Counsel for several New Jersey corporations. Jamie clerked for the Honorable Richard M. Freid J.S.C. in both Essex County and Passaic County, New Jersey. After completing his clerkship, Jamie joined CBF Trucking Inc., in Ocean, New Jersey, as General Counsel. He has handled a variety of logistics-related matters for CBF Trucking Inc., including, but not limited to, government contracts, compliance with State and Federal regulations and all employee-related matters.

Jamie also serves as General Counsel for Jamie's Cigar Bar, Allwood Realty and Transport Leasing. Mr. Finkle graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Political Science, and obtained his juris doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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RAYMOND W. GREAVES was appointed to the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors in March 2013. He is a labor leader, Bayonne's former Third Ward Council Member and a former Trustee on the Bayonne Board of Education. He serves as State Business Agent and Chairman of the New Jersey State Council of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Vice President to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's Executive Board and an affiliate to the Essex West-Hudson Labor Council. His previous leadership positions with the union included Recording Secretary, Legislative Director, Treasurer/Executive Officer of Division 819 Transit Employees Credit Union and Shop Steward.

Ray received steward leadership and grievance procedure training at Rutgers University, and studied contract negotiations at the George Meany Labor College. In 2013, Greaves was named the Sicilian Citizens Club Man of the Year and became a Humanitarian Award recipient of the Simpson Baber Foundation for the Autistic. He has served several years as a committeeman for the Hudson County Democratic Organization.

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