The husband of Gov. Phil Murphy’s failed nominee for a seat on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has contributed $500 to Assemblyman Jamel Holley’s campaign for the Democratic State Senate nomination in the 20th legislative district.
Tim Carden, a onetime Democratic operative who served as Commissioner of Human Services in Gov. Brendan Byrne’s cabinet, is listed on Holley’s amended report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission as contributing to Holley on April 9.
Ten days later, Murphy withdrew the nomination of Carden’s wife, Amy Rosen, to the Port Authority.
Holley is challenging State Sen. Joseph Cryan in the June 8 Democratic primary.
Rosen had been nominated to the Port Authority in May 2018 to replace Caren Turner, who resigned following an incident with Tenafly police and her Port Authority commissioner badge.
Unable to win Senate confirmation, Rosen’s nomination languished for three years before Murphy finally pulled the plug on her nomination last month.
Carden and Rosen each contributed $4,900 to Murphy’s re-election campaign. Rosen had contributed $8,600 to Murphy’s 2017 gubernatorial bid.
A former New Jersey Transit board member from Montclair, Rosen had some financial ties to the Port Authority.
Her firm, Public Financial Management, earned nearly $2.8 million through a contract with the Port Authority, including $350,000-a-year from 2014 through 2018, when the business was sold.
The firm briefly lost their contract under Republican Gov. Chris Christie, but had it restored when John Degnan, who had served in Byrne’s cabinet with Rosen’s husband, became Port Authority chairman. PFM continues to work for the agency.
Carden started out as campaign manager for Fred Bohen in his 1974 congressional race against Millicent Fenwick, and nearly won a State Assembly seat in Somerset County in 1977. He was the Democratic candidate for Congress against Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-Warren) in the 7th district in 2002.
Rosen started her public service career with a political pedigree.
She is the daughter of Howard Rosen, a Democratic attorney and fundraiser, sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1982. He finished fifth in a field of ten candidates in a race that was won by businessman Frank Lautenberg. Rosen had served as a delegate to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter.
Her mother is Selma Rosen, a former state League of Women Voters officer who ran one of New Jersey’s first multi-client lobbying firms, Inside Trenton. The firm represented public utility companies and trade organizations. Her grandfather, Morris Margulis, was a founder of Shop-Rite supermarkets.
Rosen began her career in transportation as an aide to state Transportation commissioner Alan Sagner, a friend of her father. Sagner, who was Byrne’s finance chairman in 1973, later became chairman of the Port Authority.
Holley also received a $2,600 contribution from Edward Farmer, a former chief of staff to Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). Holley works as a business development manager for Farmer’s grant-writing firm. Millennium Strategies.