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

christieepstein1_optBY TOM HESTER SR.

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.

  • Economic Development and Growth: Chairman Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, former state treasurer; Dennis Bone, chairman and president, Verizon New Jersey Inc.; Jeff Altschuler, president and CEO, Allied Beverage Group, LLC; Daryl Brewster, CEO, Brookside Management; Linda Doherty, president, New Jersey Food Council; Debra Dowdell, president, New Jersey Restaurant Association; Richard DuHaime, owner, Valentine Beauty Supply; former U.S. Rep. Bob Franks, president of the Health Care Institute of New Jersey; John Galandak, president, Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey; Rich Goldberg, senior vice president for public affairs and communications, DRS Technologies; Robert Harris, president, Harris FRC Corp.; Mitchell Hersh, president and CEO, Mack-Cali; Joe Jacobs, former vice chairman, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Harrison LeFrak, partner, Lefrak Organization; Ed Nyland, director of business development, George Harms Construction Co.; Brian O'Leary, senior vice president and tax counsel, NBC Universal; Todd Rechler, co-chief operating officer and president, RXR Realty; Richard Roper, director of planning ,The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Education: Chairwoman Susan Cole, president, Montclair State University; Chris Angelillo, principal, Kittatinny Regional High School; Richard Bozza, director, New Jersey Association of School Administrators; Ada Beth Cutler, dean, College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University; Ross Danis, associate dean of education, Drew University; Peter Denton, chairman and founder, Excellent Education for Everyone, Inc.; Kristen Hennessey, teacher and NJEA member; Sister Rosemary Jeffries, president, Georgian Court University; Kurt Landgraf, president, Educational Testing Service; Carlos Lejnieks, president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex Hudson and Union counties; Stig Leschly, founder and managing partner, Newark Charter School Fund; Pablo Munoz, superintendent, Elizabeth public schools; Frank Palatucci; president, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association; Michael Pallente, principal, Robert Treat Academy Charter School; Pat Pelosi, interim superintendent of schools, Morris County Vocational School District; Mike Ritacco,, superintendent, Toms River schools; Bret Schundler, CEO, The King's College; Lawrence Schwartz, lawyer and managing director, Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso & Zitomer, LLC; Shelley Skinner, advocacy chairwoman, New Jersey Charter School Association; Luis Vargas, project director, PAAC; Brian Zychowski, superintendent, North Brunswick Township School District; Sandra Chronic, curriculum supervisor, Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
  • Treasury: Chairman former U.S. Rep. Michael Ferguson, chairman and CEO of Ferguson Strategies; Laurie Ehlbeck, state director, National Federation of Independent Business; Louis C. Goetting, IV, former deputy state treasurer; Steven Kass, co-managing principal, Rothstein Kass; Richard Keevey, director, Policy Research Institute for the Region at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; Rick Lloyd, director, state government affairs and community relations, Johnson and Johnson; John Lutz, partner, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP; Mark Murphy, president and CEO, Northeast Private Client Group; Jeffrey Oram, director, Marcus & Millichap; J. Thomas Presby, drector and chairman, audit committee, Tiffany & Co.; Joseph Schmuckler, senior executive officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Co., Ltd.; Peter Spirgel, lawyer, managing shareholder, Flaster Greenberg; Candy Straight, investment banking consultant.
  • Labor and Workforce Development: Chairwoman Debra P. DiLorenzo, president and CEO, Chamber Of Commerce Southern New Jersey; Don Abernathy, president, Extensis; Craig Alper, president and owner, Alper Enterprises; Ray Bramucci, public policy and business consultant; Kurt Conti, CEO, The Conti Group; Rafael Fajardo, president, Elizabeth Board of Education; Nelson Ferreria, owner and CEO, Ferreira Construction Co.; Dr. Munir Kazmir, CEO, Quality Homecare and commissioner, New Jersey Lottery Commission; Robert Loderstedt, president and CEO, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program; Bob Yudin, owner, Yudin's Appliances, Inc.
  • Corrections and Homeland Security: Chairman Joe Billy, former special agent in charge, New Jersey office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Warden Bill Fraser, executive board, New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association; Jerry Decicco, president, Jersey City Police Officer's Benevolent Association; Ralph Fretz, director of assessment, Community Education Center; Dan Lombardo, president and CEO, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Inc.; Cornell Brooks, director, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; Nancy Wolff, director, Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research and Public Policy Professor, Rutgers University; Ralph McGrane, retired warden, Rikers Island; Jan Gilhooly, former special agent in charge, U.S. Secret Service.
  • Energy and Utilities: Chairman Bob Martin, retired partner, Accenture, LLP; Laurence M. Downes, CEO, New Jersey Resources Corp.; Connie Hughes, former commissioner, state Board of Public Utilities; Walter Lynch, president, American Water Services; Russell Maffei, business administration officer, city of Jersey City;
    Caroline Ehrlich, chief of staff, Woodbridge Township; Joseph Dominguez, lawyer and senior vice president, Exelon Generation; Ralph LaRossa, president and COO, Public Service Electric and Gas Co.; Robert Clifton, government affairs manager, Comcast.
  • Environmental Protection: Chairwoman former state Sen. Marcia Karrow (R-Hunterdon); John Abene, president, Delphi Energy; Peter deNeufville, chairman, Voltaix, LLC.; Anthony Mauro, Sr., chairman, New Jersey Outdoor Alliance; David Pringle, campaign director, New Jersey Environmental Federation; Steve Santola, lawyer and executive vice president and general counsel, Woodmont Properties; John Spinello, Jr., former associate general counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Edward Walsh, president, The Walsh Company; Anthony Slimowicz, director, WCD Capital Partners, LLC; John Trela, former commissioner, state Department of Environmental Protection; Rhea Brekke, director, New Jersey Corp. for Advanced Technology; Tony Monteiro, CEO, Dynamic Insurance Inc.; John Sartor, exectuvie vice president, Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC; Joseph Riggs, group president, K. Hovnanian Homes; Bruce Katcher, lawyer and partner, Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP.
  • Health Care: Chairman David Knowlton, president and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute; Dr. Alan Carr, Comprehensive Pain Management; Dr. Kevin Barry, anesthesiology, Morristown Memorial Hospital; Dr. Stewart Berkowitz, Jersey Shore Brachytherapy; Judy Burgis, senior vice-president for corporate services, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Dr. Joseph Clemente, president and CEO, Medical Health Center; Annette Catino, president and CEO, QualCare Alliance Networks, Inc.;
    Dr. Robert Hariri, CEO, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics; Patricia Kelmar, associate state director for advocacy, AARP New Jersey; Mark Manigan, lawyer, Health Law Practice Group, Brach Eichler LLC; William McDonald, president and CEO, St Joseph's Healthcare System; Gary Puma, president and CEO, Springpoint Senior Living; Christopher Rinn, director of emergency medical services, Jersey City Medical Center; Brent Saunders, president, Consumer Health Care and senior vice president, Schering-Plough; John Sheridan, president and CEO, Cooper Hospital; Dr. James Orsini, Essex Oncology of North Jersey; Ryan Graham, senior sales director of employee benefits, Fairview Insurance; Loretta Brickman, co-owner, BD Consulting & Public Relations.
  • Human Services and Children and Families: Chairman Morris County Administrator John Bonanni; Anthony Ferrera, director of operations, Somerset Counsel for Alcohol and Drug Dependency; Gail Gordon, lawyer, Brad Campbell, LLC; eter Haytaian, regional CEO, North Amerigroup Corp.; John M. Marchetti, chief of staff, Sen.Bill Baroni (R-Mercer); Jim Lape, senior vice president of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, Trinitas Hospital; Robert Stack, president and CEO, Community Options; Richard Strobel, chief counsel, Burlington County Board of Social Services; Charles Venti, deputy director, The Nicholson Foundation; Debra Wentz, CEO, New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies; Marianne Majewski, director, Catholic Charities of Metuchen; Sherri Larner, marriage and family therapist.
  • Law and Public Safety: Chairman David Samson, former state attorney general and senior partner, Wolff & Samson P.C.; Fred Alworth, lawyer and director, Gibbons P.C.; Richard Badolato, lawyer and president, NJSBF and Partner, Connell Foley LLP; Peter Bogaard, Bogaard & Associates; Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow; Norman Feinstein, lawyer and founding partner, FRBK and former president, NJAA; Christine Hanlon, lawyer, Menna Supko & Nelson, LLC; Kenneth Laptook, lawyer and partner, Wolff & Samson P.C.; Joe Oxley, former Monmouth County sheriff; Richard D. Pompelio, director and law Ddrector, New Jersey Crime Victims Law Center; Bloomfield Det. John Sierchio; Mark Sheridan, lawyer and partner, Drinker Biddle LLP; Wayne Positan, partner, Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC; Barbara Silver Hutcheon, lawyer, Wolff & Samson P.C.; Patrick P. Toscano, Jr., president, The Toscano Law Firm, LLC.; Geoffrey S. Berman, lawyer and partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
  • Transportation: Chairman James Weinstein, senior vice president, AECOM; James Crawford, director, EZ Pass; Saddle River Mayor Samuel Raia; Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler; Jerry Amedeo, director, Camp Harmony; Ron Gravino, president, Ron Gravino Consulting; Jerry Langer, chief commercial officer, Langer Transport; Jack Lettiere, president, Jack Lettiere Consulting, LLC; Nevins McCann, partner, Connell Foley, LLP; Michael Misseri, CEO, Empire Coach; Dave Ragonese, lawyer, White and Williams, LLP; Sgt. Bill Shiels, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.

Comments (1)
1 Thursday, 26 November 2009 09:33
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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