Governor Phil Murphy today announced his nomination of B. Sue Fulton of Asbury Park to be the Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
MMM reported that Fulton was being vetted for the job on February 8, two days after her 2016 Democrat running mate for Monmouth County Freeholder, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, announced that he had turned down the job because “it was not a good fit.”
“I’m honored — and humbled — to be asked to lead the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, and to be part of Governor Murphy’s administration,” Fulton said in a statement released by the governor’s office, “We will make it our aim every day to better serve the people of New Jersey. There is tremendous opportunity to bring about a positive change in New Jersey and I am excited to be a part of that change.”
A graduate of the first West Point class to admit women, Fulton and her wife Penelope Dara Gnesin, were the first couple to be wed in a same sex ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel at West Point .
Fulton had a career in pharmaceutical marketing and non-profit leadership. She has been a national advocate for members of the LGBTQ community who serve in the military.
Murphy also announced the nomination of Zakiya Smith Ellis as the Secretary of Higher Education and Deirdre Webster Cobb, Esq. as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission. He touted his Cabinet as majority female.
“For the first time in New Jersey’s 242 years, the majority of a Governor’s Cabinet appointments are female,” Governor Murphy said. “While it has taken too long to get to this first, I am proud to stand with this diverse group of leaders, all of whom are committed to building a stronger, fairer New Jersey that works for everyone. This is who we are – strong and diverse, smart and talented, and committed to making our state a better place. Our team is made up of the best and brightest and their accomplishments and dedication will ensure that our residents and businesses have a state government that is responsive, responsible, and professional.”
Each of these nominations requires the advice and consent of the state Senate. The nominations have not yet been posted on the legislature’s website.