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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.
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.
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti was confirmed as the 19th Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation on June 7, 2018. She was appointed Acting Commissioner December 19, 2017 and began serving on January 16, 2018.
A native New Jerseyan, Ms. Gutierrez-Scaccetti is a transportation professional with more than 28 years in the industry, and 34 years in government service. She possesses extensive executive, operational, and planning knowledge.
Most recently, the Commissioner served as the Executive Director and CEO at Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, a part of the Florida Department of Transportation. Under her leadership, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise managed more than 460 centerline miles and a 5-year capital program in excess of $6 billion, supported by $1 billion in revenues.
This capital program included the construction of SunTrax, a 2.25 mile test track and research facility for the development of transportation technology, including automated and connected vehicle applications, and managed lanes within the Turnpike System. SunPass, Florida's statewide electronic toll collection system, was under her charge. As Executive Director and CEO, Gutierrez-Scaccetti was a member of the Executive Committee of the Florida Department of Transportation, a policy setting body that reports to the Secretary of Transportation.
Prior to the Commissioner's Florida experience, she spent 21 years at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, working her way up from a Contract Administrator to the post of Executive Director, a position she held from 2008 to 2010. During her tenure, she managed the day-to-day administrative operations and was chief negotiator for the agency's several collective bargaining units.
Ms. Gutierrez-Scaccetti participated in several major agency initiatives, including the remediation of the E-ZPass System, the financial and operational consolidation of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and New Jersey Highway Authority, bringing the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway under a single organization. A major undertaking was the development and financing of a 10-year, $7 billion capital program that kicked off the widening of the New Jersey Turnpike from Interchange 6 to Interchange 9. This transformational project provided significant congestion relief to a major portion of the I-95 Corridor.
The Commissioner's accomplishments and leadership have been recognized by the Executive Women of New Jersey, WTS Central Florida Woman of the Year, and Orlando Business Journal's 2015 CEO of the Year for the Public Sector.
Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti holds degrees from the University of Connecticut (BS) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (MS).
Brian T. Wilton
Brian T. Wilton serves as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Authorities Unit, which provides oversight of the governance and operations of more than 50 independent State and bi-state agencies on behalf of the Governor.
Prior to joining state government, Brian was a practicing civil litigation attorney and municipal prosecutor. In addition to legal practice, he served as a councilman and Mayor in the Borough of Lake Como from 2005 until 2018. In conjunction with his municipal service Wilton was an active member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities legislative committee.
He holds a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of Scranton and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Elizabeth Maher Muoio
Elizabeth Maher Muoio was officially sworn in as State Treasurer on April 17, 2018 after being confirmed by the State Senate. She had been serving as Acting State Treasurer since Gov. Murphy assumed office on January 16, 2018.
Prior to joining the administration of Gov. Murphy, she had served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 15th Legislative District in Mercer and Hunterdon counties since February of 2015.
During her time in the General Assembly, Ms. Muoio served on the Assembly Budget, Judiciary, and Commerce and Economic Development committees where her signature legislative initiatives focused on improving access for women's healthcare, closing the gender pay equity gap, protecting the environment, reducing exposure to hazardous lead, improving prison re-entry services, increasing literacy rates, fighting against concentrated poverty and expanding economic opportunities for all New Jerseyans.
As a result of her legislative efforts, she was honored for her work in the Assembly by the Sierra Club of NJ, the Trenton Chapter of the NAACP, the New Jersey Association of the Deaf, Inc., the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ), the National Congress of Black Women-Trenton/Mercer Chapter, and the Trenton Public School system for her efforts to help improve literacy.
Ms. Muoio also served as Director of the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability from 2008 to January 2018.
Prior to assuming that position, she served as a member of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2000-2008, serving as Chair in 2004 and Vice Chair in 2003 and 2008. While Chair, she worked with the County Executive to enact one of the first countywide anti-pay-to-play ordinances in the nation and led the effort to ensure that the building of the new $81 million dollar Mercer County Courthouse was constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
She began her career as an elected official serving as a member of the Pennington Borough Council from 1997 to 2002.
Throughout the years, she has been involved in a number of community-based organizations, serving as a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of Delaware Valley, coaching youth basketball for the Hopewell Valley YMCA and the Hopewell Hoops Basketball League, and serving as a member of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Pennington Public Library Board of Trustees, the ARC of Mercer Board of Trustees, and the League of Women Voters.
An attorney, Ms. Muoio received her JD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and her BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She lives with her family in Pennington, NJ.
FLORA M. CASTILLO has been a Director of the NJ TRANSIT Board since 1999 and currently chairs its Customer Service Committee. She is a board member and past Chairwoman of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and member of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) board.
A passionate transportation advocate, Ms. Castillo is also a member of the board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) Advisory Board at Rutgers University and the Transportation Diversity Council (TDC).
She presently serves as President of her consulting firm Pivot Strategies, LLC and has an extensive record of non-profit service.
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.
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.