Ralph Marra has lost his $198,000-a-year job as senior vice president and general counsel of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Marra’s replacement is Frank Leanza, a Hudson County lawyer with close ties to former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, now the President and CEO of the authority.
Marra was a close ally of former Gov. Chris Christie, who hired him in 2010, a few weeks after taking office. He served as Christie’s number two at the U.S. Attorney’s office, and was the acting U.S. Attorney between Christie’s departure at the end of 2008 and Paul Fishman’s appointment in 2009.
Today was Marra’s last day.
Leanza served as town attorney in Secaucus, Prieto’s political base, and served as a Municipal Court Judge in Guttenberg, and as counsel to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority and the Secaucus Municipal Utilities Authority.
Replacements in the general counsel post at state agencies and independent authorities are not uncommon after a change in administrations.
Brian Aberback, a NJSEA spokesman, declined comment.