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Christie relying on 20 transition panels to recommend appointees, alert him to issues

christieepstein1_optBY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Gov.-elect Chris Christie is seeking advise on how to form and operate his administration from people in government, lobbying, law, industry, business, education and law enforcement.

Christie, who will take office Jan. 19 has formed 20 transition committees with directions to offer him the names of potential appointees and present him with issues his administration may face.

"We are privileged to have such an accomplished and respected group of leaders from both the private and public sectors heading up our sub-committees on issues and appointments,'' David Samson, the transition chairman, said. "The first step to ensuring a smooth transition is analyzing and evaluating departmental performance and finding qualified and innovative people to handle the work that needs to be done. They are up to the task."

Here are the committee members:

  • Office of the Governor: Chairman Peter Verniero, former justice of the state Supreme Court and former New Jersey attorney general, partner, Sills Cummis & Gross PC; W. Cary Edwards, former state attorney general; Jim Harkness, director, state Senate Republican Office; Wayne W. Hasenbalg, lawyer and partner, Decotiis Fitzpatrick Cole & Wisler, LLP; Patrick E. Hobbs, lawyer and dean, Seton Hall Law School; Jane M. Kenny, former state Community Affairs commissioner, founding partner and rincipal, The Whitman Strategy Group; Brian M. Nelson, lawyer, partner, Menna Supko & Nelson LLC; Rachel Donington Torpey.
  • Military and Veterans Affairs: Chairman Col. Mike Warner, U.S. Army (Ret.), president, SMH International; John de Talvo, retired Perth Amboy superintendent of schools; Robert Ferguson, Jr., USN, president, Ambrose Asset Management; Gen. Paul Glazar, ANG (Ret.), retired general and consultant; Paul Goldenberg, senior adviser, Department of Homeland Security; Ronald Griffin, U.S. Army Gold Star father and founder, Military Families United; Mary Annie Harper; chief of staff for U.S. Rep. LoBiondo; Col. Peter O'Hagan, USMC (Ret.), former director, state Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
  • Department of State: Chairwoman Lieutenant Governor-Elect Kim Guadagno; Jeff Booker, consultant, Brown & Brown Metro Insurance; Joan Bramhall, Morris County clerk; Jack Carbone, partner, Carbone and Faase; Carol Cronheim, seminar director, Leadership New Jersey, Bloustein School at Rutgers University; Emlyn Koster, president and CEO of Liberty Science Center; Ruth Lipper, director, TeleTech Corp.; Terriann Moore-Abrams, chief attorney for Essex County; Robert Morrison, president, Quadrant Arts Education Research.
  • Banking and Insurance: Chairman Edward Deutsch, chairman, Somerset Hills Bancorp and partner, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter; Thomas Considine, vice president of government relations, MetLife; Claire Eckert, retired executive, Goldman Sachs; James V. Gorman, chairman, Blue Warrior Capital; Russell L. Hewit, senior partner, Dughi & Hewit, P.C.; Leo Leyva, lawyer, shareholder, Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA; Bruce Meisel, president and CEO, Pascack Community Bank;
    Albert Preziosi, co-owner, World Auto Group; Cindy Randazzo, JT PAC, US Representative; James Ulrich, director of global market research, Deutsche Bank.
  • Community Affairs: Chairwoman state Sen. Sandra Cunningham, (D-Hudson); Alfred Koeppe, chairman and CEO, Newark Alliance; Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo; Bruce Blumenthal, community development ombudsman, state Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency; Hank Butehorn, lawyer, Ronan Tuzzio & Giannone; William Cassidy, senior partner, The Human Resource Partnership LLC; George Louis Garcia, managing partner, Garcia Turula LLC.; Kelly Hatfield, former councilwoman, Summit; Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O'Brien; Ira Oskowsky, regional sales director, CMG Mortgage Insurance Co.; Michael Pane, lawyer, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla; Middletown Deputy Mayor Gary Scharfenberger; Charles Tahaney, former township manager, Livingston; Tim Touhey, CEO, New Jersey Builders Association; Alan Zakin, lawyer, Alan Zakin Associates.
  • Gaming, Sports and Entertainment: Chairman Jon Hanson, chairman and founder of the Hampshire Real Estate Companies, former chairman of New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; Joseph Corbo, Jr., vice president and general counsel, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa; Vince Curatola, actor; Michael Gulotta, CEO, Deo Volente Farm; Carole Hedinger, former director, New Jersey Lottery; Mark Juliano, CEO, Trump Entertainment; Al Leiter, commentator, YES Network; Allen Littlefield, partner, Fishman, Littlefield & Fishman LLC; Bob Mulcahy, former athletic director, Rutgers University; Jim O'Neil, chief of investigations, NJ Lottery; David Satz, vice president of Government Relations and Development, Harrah's Enterntainment, Inc.; John Tsanas, lawyer; Lloyd Tulp, principal, Tulfra Realty; Finn Wentworth, founder, YES Network and former CEO/COO, Yankeenets.
  • Agriculture: Chairman George Gilmore, chairman, Ocean County Republican Party; Kurt Alstede, general manager, Alstede Farms LLC; William Brooks, farmer and Upper Pittsgrove deputy mayor; Sam Fiocchi; Bob Greco, chairman, Cumberland County Republican Party; Paul Galletta, owner, Atlantic Blueberry Co.; Charles Kuperus, former state secretary of agriculture and owner, Kuperus Farmside Gardens & Florist; Steven V. Lee, IV, secretary/treasurer, Lee Brothers, Inc.; Peter Melick, farmer, Melick's Town Farm and former member, state Board of Agriculture; Gregory Romano, assistant director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation; Jack Tomasello, vice-president/co-owner, Tomasello Winery; Sussex County Freeholder Hal Wirths.
  • Authorities: Chairman Michael DuHaime, managing partner, Mercury Public Affairs, LLC; Andrew S. Berns, lawyer, Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, P.C.; state Comptroller Matthew Boxer; Joseph Buckelew, executive chairman, Conner Strong; John J. Carney, lawyer, Baker Hostetler, LLP; Oren Dabney, Sr., CEO, Jersey City Incinerator Authority; Anthony Della Pelle, lawyer, McKirdy and Riskin PA; Craig Domalewski, lawyer, Dughi and Hewit, PC; Daniel R. Lindemann, lawyer, Lindemann LLC; Thaddeus Maciag, lawyer; Maciag Law LLC; Steven H. Sholk, lawyer and director, Gibbons P.C.; Charles H. Shotmeyer, president, Shotmeyer Brothers, Inc.; Dianne Solomon, former senior account administrator, Keane Organization; Mary Elizabeth Warner, corporate counsel, Quick Chek Corp.
  • Transition Counsel: General Counsel Stephen J. Edelstein, Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso & Zitomer LLC; John Bruder, lawyer, the Law Office of John E. Bruder; David Catuogno, lawyer, Forman Holt Eliades & Ravin LLC; Mark Cimino, lawyer, Mark Cimino, lawyer; Gabrielle Charette, lawyer, Megna Law Firm; William T. Cooper, III, lawyer, Cooper & Cooper; Paul Donini, lawyer, Donini & Ramsey; Denis G. Murphy, lawyer, Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso and Zitomer LLC; Anthony Kearns, lawyer, Rylak, Gianos, Kearns & Phillips; Stefani C. Schwartz, lawyer, Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso and Zitomer LLC.


 
Comments (1)
1 Thursday, 26 November 2009 09:33
FERDEK
Has anyone noticed that for the Energy/Utilities transition team most of the members are the executives of the regulated utilities? Doesn't that even raise the "appearance" of a potential conflict of interest as these members would be in a position to make changes favorable to their companies? Not a good start for the Christie administration. Maybe Samson should do a better job of vetting these transition teams.

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