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Kathleen Frangione, the chief policy advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy

Frangione leaving Murphy staff

Served as Murphy’s chief policy advisor

By David Wildstein, May 05 2020 9:41 pm

One of Gov. Phil Murphy’s senior aides is departing.

Kathleen Frangione, the governor’s chief policy advisor, is leaving the Murphy administration to take a new job.

Murphy was brought Frangione to New Jersey after the 2017 gubernatorial election to head his policy shop.

“Kathleen has been a valued member of my senior staff and has played a critical role in advancing our mission of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey for every family. Over the past two years, she oversaw the implementation of policy initiatives like putting New Jersey on the path to 100 percent clean energy, expanding educational opportunities for students from pre-K through community college, and expanding family leave and worker protections,” Murphy said.  “While she will be greatly missed, I wish her and her family nothing but the best.”

Frangione was the lead staffer on climate change issues in John F. Kerry’s U.S. Senate office, and then a senior policy advisor on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  She left Kerry in 2010 to become Executive Vice President of Signal Group Consulting, a government relations and public affairs firm with an impressive book of business.

She spent a month as acting Commissioner of Environmental Protection in 2018 when Catherine McCabe was out of the country.

After Murphy’s chief of staff, Peter Cammarano, resigned in December 2018, Frangione as on the short list of candidates to replace him.  She was not interested in the job, the Globe reported at the time, although she served as acting chief of staff in between Cammarano’s last day and the arrival of George Helmy.

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