Murphy to Nominate Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio

Governor-elect Phil Murphy today announced that he plans to nominate Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D-Mercer) to be the state’s treasurer. Muoio has long served in government, on the Pennington Borough Council in the 1990s, for example, to currently as director of the Mercer County’s economic development department and (beginning in February 2015) as an assemblywoman for the 15th legislative district, which includes certain Mercer County and Hunterdon County municipalities. Muoio sits on the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, she earned her law degree at Georgetown University. If confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate, Muoio would replace the current treasurer, Ford Scudder, and become the second woman treasurer in state history.

Following a press conference today in Trenton, Observer reporter Christian Hetrick quoted Muoio in an article: “’I look forward to working closely with my friends and colleagues in the Assembly and Senate to develop a fiscally responsible budget that, as the governor-elect stated, is not only balanced but holds our values in the balance,’” Muoio said, adding that she wants a budget that is “’both fiscally responsible and progressive.’”

Hetrick quoted Phil Murphy as saying, “Liz is exactly the right person for this job. We all know the fiscal challenges we face as a state. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, so does Liz. She’s used her position to ask the hard questions of the current administration and advocate for those who most need the support of state government.”

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