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Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator Sue Fulton. (Photo: Via Facebook)

Controversial MVC chief Sue Fulton is out, headed to Veterans Administration post

Murphy names ex-State Police lieutenant colonel as acting MVC chief

By David Wildstein, July 01 2022 3:56 pm

Sue Fulton, the embattled chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, is leaving the Murphy administration today to take a post in the Biden administration, closing out a tumultuous 4 ½ years heading an agency that created liability for the governor in his re-election year.

Gov Phil Murphy announced that he has named Latrecia “Trish” Littles-Floyd, a former New Jersey State Police lieutenant colonel, as acting chief administrator.

Fulton is headed to the Biden administration to become assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

That is a consolation prize for Fulton, who had been nominated as assistant Secretary of Defense for manpower and reserve affairs in April 2021 but was unable to win confirmation by the U.S. enate.
Instead, the White House switched her to a less prestigious post in the office of public and intergovernmental affairs.  That job is not at a level that requires Senate confirmation.

In a rocky confirmation hearing last October, Fulton faced trouble from three Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee for tweets that criticized Republicans and evangelicals.  The panel never held a vote on her nomination.

Latrecia Littles-Floyd. (Photo: New Jersey State Police).

Murphy did not if he would nominate Littles-Floyd, who has been the Security, Investigations and Internal Audit director at the Motor Vehicles Commission, as the permanent chief, a cabinet most that requires Senate confirmation.

“Trish served our state in the New Jersey State Police, where she dedicated over 20 years to making our state stronger and fairer. She has also led NJ MVC in her capacity as Security, Investigations, and Internal Audit Director,” Murphy said.  “This unique experience, coupled with her dedication to serving New Jerseyans, make her extremely qualified to serve as Acting Chief Administrator.”

Littles-Floyd had served as chief of staff to the superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Since the White House initially announced their plans to have Fulton join the administration more than 14 months ago, she essentially checked out from her state job.

But some Democrats thought Fulton was less of a burden if she was inactive during the campaign.

Fulton took heat from Democrats and Republicans for massive lines at motor vehicle agencies after the coronavirus pandemic closed them down for months.  Later, she faced additional problems as New Jerseyans found themselves waiting up until midnight to book a MVC agency appointment 60 says out, only to find the time slots gone within minutes.

Fulton blamed the backlog on a new law that have 400,000 undocumented immigrants residing in New Jersey an opportunity to obtain a driver license, but the official line changed quickly after the governor’s office adjusted her comments.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli pummeled  the Motor Vehicle Commission for lines and delays for more than a year and had called for Fulton’s resignation.  State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), then the Assembly minority leader, took to making videos outside a MVC office in his district.

In September 2020, when nightmarish long lines at motor vehicle agencies across the state was garnering considerable attention, Fulton took a week off for a vacation.

Fulton, 63, is a retired U.S. Army captain, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and was part of the first West Point class to admit women.  She became the first openly gay member of the West Point Board of Visitors when President Barack Obama nominated her in 2011.

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