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Derek Roseman. (Photo: Derek Roseman).

Roseman will depart Murphy staff for post at Federal Reserve Bank

Governor’s speechwriter holds the record for the most speeches before the N.J. legislature

By David Wildstein, April 25 2023 10:57 am

Derek Roseman, who has served as Gov. Phil Murphy’s speechwriter since 2016, will depart the administration on Friday to take a post at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

He will be the senior speechwriter and advisor to Patrick T. Harker, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which conducts economic research for a region that includes eastern and central Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the nine most-southern counties in New Jersey.

Roseman holds the record for writing the most speeches delivered by a Governor of New Jersey before a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature: 14. That includes five State of the State addresses, seven budget addresses, and two inaugural addresses.

Roseman joined Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign staff on June 16, 2016, and has written thousands of speeches for the state’s 56th governor.

“Derek Roseman has been an indispensable part of my team since my first gubernatorial campaign. He’s not only channeled my voice, he’s become it – corny dad jokes and all,” said Murphy.  “As we navigated the unchartered territory brought on by the pandemic, he served the public admirably with his steady voice throughout more than 250 COVID briefings.”

Murphy called Roseman “a consummate professional, an extraordinary writer, and a team player through and through.”

“He will be missed tremendously, but I wish him all the very best on this fantastic new opportunity,” the governor said.

He worked in the State Assembly Majority Office from 2004 to 2010, first as a spokesman and then as communications director.  His career spanned the tenures of Assembly Speakers Albio Sires and Joseph Roberts.  Roseman also served as communications for the Senate Majority Office from 2010 to 2012 under Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Roseman began his political career in 1996 in the press office of U.S. Senator Tom Daschle and was the spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign before joining Murphy.

From 2005 to 2013, Roseman also served as communications director for the New Jersey Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee.  He ran his own political consulting firm, Delevan Strategies.

Roseman was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Lambertville school board in 2007 and won a one-year unexpired term without opposition in 2008.  He was re-elected in 2009 and 2012.  In 2013, he was appointed to the South Hunterdon Regional Board of Education.  Seeking a three-year term in 2014, Roseman was the top vote-getter in a race for three seats.

He is also a former Lambertville Democratic municipal chairman.

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