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State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Paterson). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Pou lauds Juliano nomination to Horizon board

Senator: ‘I enthusiastically support this nomination’

By David Wildstein, June 14 2020 6:06 pm

State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon) is supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Paul Juliano for a seat on the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors.

“Paul has always shown sound judgement, strong leadership, and a desire for public service.  He personifies the qualities that we should look for in filling positions such as this one,” said Pou. “I enthusiastically support this nomination. Paul will be a welcome addition to this important role.”

Horizon provides health insurance to more than 3.2 million New Jerseyans – more than one-third of the state’s population.

Juliano is the Bergen County Democratic Chairman and Pou represents two towns in Bergen Elmwood Park and Garfield.

Murphy tapped Juliano on Thursday to replace Michele Brown, a former top aide to Gov. Chris Christie.

The nomination to the Horizon board is subject to Senate confirmation and Christie has been working to protect Brown’s seat.

Six Democratic senators – Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus), Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) and former Gov. Richard J. Codey (D-Roseland) – have already come out in support of Juliano.

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