Gov. Phil Murphy declined to say whether the members of his cabinet had been advised to leave the administration now if they did not intend to serve through 2021.
“I can’t speak for the entire cabinet or team, but we’ve kept, I think compared to almost any other administration that I know of almost three years in, we’ve overwhelmingly kept the team in place and I’m incredibly proud of that,” he said.
So far, only three members of Murphy’s cabinet — former Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet, Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Jemal Beale and former Health Commissioner Shareef Elnahal — have left the administration. Former Higher Education Secretary Zakiya Smith Ellis left her position to become the governor’s chief policy officer.
Catherine McCabe, the state’s commissioner of environmental protection, intends to retire on Jan. 15.
“Catherine McCabe is a star, and we’re going to miss her,” Murphy said. “She has a very particular family-driven reason, but she is a superstar.”