Gov. Phil Murphy intends to reappoint Virginia S. Bauer and Aisha Glover to the New Jersey Economic Development Board, the New Jersey Globe has learned, and picked a Camden businesswoman to fill a vacant seat.
Murphy will name Jewell Antoine-Johnson to replace Rosemari Hicks as an alternate board member.
Antoine-Johnson run Antoine Johnson, an architectural planning and deign and construction management firm based in Merchantville and Camden.
These are direct appointments that do not require Senate confirmation.
Murphy had named Bauer, Glover and Hicks to the EDA in late 2019 after a house cleaning that followed criticism of the board’s handling of tax incentives during the administration of Gov. Chris Christie. He had demanded the resignations of some, but not all, board member.
The governor has reshaped the EDA board, installing a former Goldman Sachs partner, Kevin A. Quinn, as chairman. The board also includes Democratic National Committeewoman and BlueWaveNJ president Marcia Marley, attorney Charles Sarlo, Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, former Hudson County Planning Director Massiel Medina Ferrara, and labor leader Fred Dumont.
Gov. James E. McGreevey named Bauer as the executive director of the New Jersey Lottery in 2003, and to his cabinet in 2004 as New Jersey Secretary for Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism; she held that post under Govs. Richard Codey and Jon Corzine. Bauer was a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2008 to 2012.
Glover served as CEO of Newark Alliance, a non-profit that supports the economic revitalization of the state’s largest city, and as president of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. She is currently that vice president of urban innovation at Audible.