Gov. Phil Murphy has named 25-year government veteran Jennifer Sciortino to serve as his senior communications advisor as part of a series of promotions announced by the governor’s office on Friday.
Sciortino , the mayor of Bordentown, has worked for two governors, two Senate Presidents and three Assembly Speakers since launching her career as a public information office in the 1990s. She has served as director of communications for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury since 2018.
“Jen has established a remarkable tenure of public service and has distinguished expertise in government communications,” Murphy said. “She is a dedicated advocate for New Jerseyans across the state, and I am confident in her ability to craft and communicate our message with creativity, commitment, and integrity.”
Sciortino will report to Alex Altman, the acting communications director.
Stephanie Lagos, one of three remaining members of Murphy’s original senior staff when he took office in 2018, has been promoted to deputy chief of staff to the governor. She will continue her role as chief of staff to First Lady Tammy Murphy.
A former deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), Lagos is a U.S. Peace Corps veteran and a senior policy advisor on Murphy’s 2017 gubernatorial campaign.
Michelle DeAngelo, who joined Murphy’s staff in 2018 as director of scheduling, advance and briefings, and became director of operations for the governor’s office in 2021, will become deputy chief of staff for operations. Prior to joining the Murphy team, DeAngelo spent nine years as a top aide to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).
That brings the total number of deputy chiefs of staff to five, including Tim Hillman (Government Affairs), Joe Kelley (Economic Development), and Brianna Earle, the acting deputy chief of staff for outreach.
Murphy also announced that Edwin Torres will serve as the governor’s digital director. He joined Murphy’s staff in January 2018 after working as a staff photograph for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and for several newspapers.
“From the earliest days of my Administration, Stephanie, Michelle, and Edwin have played critical roles in executing our vision for New Jersey,” Murphy stated. “Their commitment to this state has been unwavering and they have proven to be incredible core members of my team. I am both proud and excited to announce their new roles as they continue to serve New Jersey.”