Wayne Hasenbalg is out at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
The former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie was replaced as President/CEO of the authority in February by former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto but had remained on the staff at his $225,000-a-year salary.
Hasenbalg was told recently that it was time for him to leave. His last day is December 31.
“He was there ten months too long,” a Democratic official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the New Jersey Globe.
In September, former acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra was ousted from his post as the Sports Authority’s senior vice president and general counsel. He was replaced by Frank Leanza, a Hudson County lawyer with close ties to Prieto.
Hasenbalg continues the emptying of top Christie allies from high-paying positions. Michele Brown lost her $450,00-a-year job as president of Choose New Jersey; Christopher Howard was replaced as executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; and Charles B. McKenna was ousted in August from his post as $225,00-a-year post as executive director of the New Jersey Schools Construction Authority.
One of the last remaining high-salaried Christie appointees is Todd Caliguire, the executive director of the North Jersey District Water Commission.
In April, the Murphy administration created a new deputy executive director post for Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who was passed over for a seat in the New Jersey Senate. Eustace’s $174,00-a-year salary is the same as Caliguire.