Cory Booker has named Deptford councilwoman MacKenzie Belling as the South Jersey state director on his U.S. Senate staff.
She succeeds Bill Moen, who departed in January to take his seat as the assemblyman from the 5th legislative district. State law prohibits a legislator from also holding a federal post.
Belling was elected to the council in 2019 to replace Joe Scott, who did not seek re-election. She was unopposed on a Democratic slate that included incumbents Paul Medany and Tom Hufnell.
She is a political ally of Senate President Steve Sweeney, who administered the oath of office to her in January.
“MacKenzie is well respected in South Jersey and has an established record of serving the people of our great state,” said Booker. “I am thrilled to welcome MacKenzie to our team and look forward to working with her to stand up for all New Jerseyans.”
Belling worked for the 5th district legislative team as a constituent services representative and as communications director. She is currently an aide to the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders.
She grew up in Haddonfield and served on the Deptford Planning Board and as a Democratic county committeewoman.
Moen served as a Camden County freeholder while working for Booker.