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9 things to know about Amy Rosen

By David Wildstein, May 31 2018 11:17 am

Here are 9 things to know about Amy Rosen, who is Gov. Phil Murphy’s choice to fill Caren Turner’s seat on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, besides her service as a board member of New Jersey Transit and Amtrak:

1.  Her husband is Tim Carden, who served as Commissioner of Human Services in Gov. Brendan Byrne’s cabinet and was the Democratic candidate for Congress against Rep. Mike Ferguson in 2002.  Carden started out as campaign manager for Fred Bohen in his 1974 congressional race against Millicent Fenwick, and nearly won a State Assembly seat in Somerset County in 1977.

2. Her father was Howard Rosen, a Democratic attorney and fundraiser, sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1982.  He finished fifth in a field of ten candidates in a race that was won by businessman Frank Lautenberg.  Rosen had served as a delegate to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter.

3. Her mother is Selma Rosen, a former state League of Women Voters officer who ran one of New Jersey’s first multi-client lobbying firms, Inside Trenton. The firm represented public utility companies and trade organizations.

4. Her grandfather, Morris Margulis, was a founder of Shop-Rite supermarkets.

5. Amy Rosen began her career in transportation as an aide to state Transportation commissioner Alan Sagner, a friend of her father.  Sagner, who was Byrne’s finance chairman in 1973, later became chairman of the Port Authority.

6. After the Bohen campaign, Carden joined Sagner’s staff as an administrative assistant.  When Carden left DOT to become administrative assistant to Byrne’s chief of staff, Robert Mulcahy, Rosen took his job.  That’s where they met.

7.  Rosen lists her employer on several recent campaign contributions as PPSG, a financial management firm run by Carden.  The firm has a contract to serve as a financial advisor to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

8. Rosen worked as an education advisor to Newark Mayor Cory Booker and as an advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  She was the president and CEO of the non-profit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and COO of New Visions, a non-profit that sough to reform New York City public schools.

9. Rosen contributed $8,600 to Phil Murphy’s campaign for governor – the maximum allowed by state law.  She has also contributed to many campaigns, including Booker and State Sen. Richard Codey.

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