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Former Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton, a deputy chief counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Facebook).

Murphy aide headed to NJ Transit

Brian Wilton will become general counsel of embattled transportation agency

By David Wildstein, August 16 2021 12:32 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has named one of his top aides to a newly-created post of general counsel at New Jersey Transit.

Brian Wilton, Murphy’s deputy chief counsel and Authorities Unit director, will assume the post in mid-September.  His replacement in the governor’s office will be named soon.

“Brian has been one of my closest advisers during the past three years, and his leadership and counsel during the COVID-19 pandemic has been vital,” said Murphy. “As Deputy Chief Counsel and Director of Authorities, Brian has played a key role in the ongoing rebuilding and revitalization of NJ Transit. While we will miss Brian in the front office, I know that he will bring the same professionalism and expertise to NJ Transit that he has exhibited in his current role.”

As Authorities Unit director, Wilton has served as the representative of the Governor’s office on the NJ Transit board.

Prior to joining the Murphy administration, Wilton served as mayor of Lake Como from 2015 to 2018, and as a borough councilman for ten years before that.  He’s served as municipal prosecutor for Freehold and Red Bank.

“Having worked closely with Brian at NJ Transit through his role as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Governor’s Authorities Unit, I know that he understands the challenges that NJ Transit faces each and every day,” said state Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, the NJ Transit board chair.  “His experience at the agency and his skill as a lawyer will serve NJ Transit well”

Gutierrez-Scaccetti said that the creation of the general counsel post was a top priority of the North Highland Audit ordered by the Murphy administration in 2018.

Wilton will earn $225,000-per-year as general counsel at NJ Transit.

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