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New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. (Photo: New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs photo by Mark C. Olsen).

Murphy asks Way to stay as Secretary of State

By David Wildstein, January 11 2022 9:27 am

Gov. Phil Murphy will renominate Secretary of State Tahesha Way for another term, possibly as early as today, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Way led the state through primary and general elections conducted almost entirely through vote-by-mail ballots after most polling locations were shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Over 4.3 million ballots were cast by mail in November 2020.

While most cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the governor, the State Constitution requires the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to serve terms that end on the final day of the governor’s term.

A former Passaic County Freeholder and Administrative Law Judge, Way must still go through Senate confirmation for another term.   That will require her to go through Republican State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), who has senatorial courtesy over Passaic County nominations.   Corrado was not an automatic yes for Way four years ago.

Way’s predecessor, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, served as Secretary of State for the entire eight years that Chris Christie was governor.  Nina Mitchell Wells completed a four-year in the post under Gov. Jon Corzine, and Regena Thomas served from 2002 to 2006 under Govs. James E. McGreevey and Richard Codey.

“Tahesha has done an exemplary job as our Secretary of State since 2018, and I am proud to renominate her to continue serving the people of New Jersey,” Murphy said in a statement  “Under Tahesha’s leadership the Secretary of State’s Office oversaw the unprecedented primarily vote-by-mail 2020 election, updated election infrastructure to improve election security, worked to achieve a complete count for New Jersey in the 2020 Census, supported the tourism and leisure industries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and played a pivotal role in New Jersey’s filmmaking renaissance. I am confident that Tahesha and her team will continue working diligently during our second term to realize the multi-faceted mission of the Department of State.”

This story was updated at 2:23 PM with comment from Way. 

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