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Senate Minority Conference Leader Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Armed with courtesy on two Murphy nominees, Corrado remains undecided

By Joey Fox, January 27 2022 1:22 pm

For most of Gov. Phil Murphy’s cabinet, the transition into the governor’s second term will be an easy one, since state law does not require them to be renominated and re-confirmed by the Senate to their roles.

But a select few cabinet officials will have to navigate the murky waters of the Senate confirmation process, either because their position must be renominated every term or because they were never confirmed by the Senate to begin with. And two of them – acting Secretary of State Tahesha Way and acting Secretary of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan – will be subject to senatorial courtesy from State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa). 

So far, Corrado isn’t saying what she might do with that power. Asked today if she’s decided whether to give Way and Allen-McMillan courtesy, Corrado said no. She also said she does not yet have a timeline for her decision or interviews scheduled with either nominee.

As secretary of state, Way holds one of two cabinet roles that must be renominated and confirmed every term, the other being attorney general. A Wayne resident and the former director of the Passaic County Board of Freeholders, Way was first confirmed by the Senate in February of 2018 and was renominated earlier this month

Allen-McMillan, meanwhile, is a newer arrival, having served as acting commissioner since being nominated by Murphy in October 2020 to replace former Commissioner Lamont Repollet, who left state government to become president of Kean University. In May of last year, Allen-McMillan was on the cusp of going before the Senate Judiciary Committee when the New Jersey Globe reported that she had moved from Montclair to Cedar Grove, giving Corrado courtesy and derailing her nomination.

Other nominees that will need to go through the confirmation process are acting Commissioner of Corrections Victoria Kuhn, acting Commissioner of Human Services Sarah Adelman, and whomever Murphy chooses for attorney general.

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