Gov. Phil Murphy will nominate Hetty Rosenstein, the former New Jersey state director of the Communications Workers of America and a powerful voice for consumers, to serve on the Board of Directors of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the New Jersey Globe has confirmed.
Two current board members, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Paul Juliano and former State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg), will be renominated to another term by Murphy.
Murphy will also Kelly Maer, a Democratic fundraiser and public affairs director for Capital Health System, to the HBCBS board.
The board posts come with an annual salary of $82,500.
The appointment comes after the state granted Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield permission to change its corporate structure from non-profit to a not-for-profit mutual holding company. Among the state’s requirements was a reconstituted board of directors that gave the governor five seats, with two each to the Senate President and Assembly Speaker. The governor’s appointees are subject to Senate confirmation, while the directors named by the legislative leaders are direct appointments. Prior to the reorganization, the legislative leadership each received one seat.
The fifth seat to be nominated by Murphy has not been filled.
Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have not yet announced their appointments. Former Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg was named to the HBCBS board last December by outgoing Senate President Steve Sweeney.
Joseph Muniz, a top ally to North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, stepped down from his board seat earlier this month. He had been appointed by then-Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto in 2017.
Rosenstein retired from the CWA last year after more than 40 years with the union. She later joined Murphy’s re-election campaign as a senior advisor for progressive coalitions and outreach. Maer, a former aide to Gov. Richard J. Codey, is the daughter of former Assemblyman H. Donald Stewart (D-Woodbury).