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Francis K. O'Connor

Francis K. O'Connor
Acting Transportation Commissioner &
NJ TRANSIT Board Chair

Francis (Fran) O’Connor was nominated to serve as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation by Governor Murphy in January 2024. He currently is awaiting New Jersey Senate approval and is serving as Acting Commissioner.

Fran returns to New Jersey State service with over 40 years of public and private sector transportation experience. He began his public service career at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as a toll collector and rose to be the Deputy Director of the NJTA’s Electronic Toll Collection Program. In that role he launched the Authority’s first electronic toll collection installation. 

While in the private sector, Fran advised transportation agencies across the country on the development and execution of critical projects with a strategic focus on toll roads. In this work, Fran has overseen hundreds of employees at a time, implemented large-scale customer service centers, and engaged with regulatory entities at all levels of government. 

He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in accounting from St. Peter’s University.