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

Frangione to be Murphy’s acting chief of staff

Will replace Cammarano while permanent search continues

By David Wildstein, January 15 2019 12:26 pm

Kathleen Frangione will serve as Gov. Phil Murphy’s acting chief of staff while the governor searches for a permanent replacement for Peter Cammarano.

Cammarano is due to leave on Friday.

Frangione, a former top aide to U.S. Senator John Kerry, currently serves as Murphy’s chief policy advisor.  She asked not to be considered for the post on a permanent basis.

She was a legislative staffer in Kerry’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 is a graduate of Harvard College and received her M.A. in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale.

Frangione had a temporary assignment earlier this year when she served as acting Commissioner of Environmental Protection when Catherine McCabe was out of the country for a month on personal business.

Murphy has been mulling chief of staff candidates for more than a month since Cammarano announced that he would step down after the State of the State address.

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