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State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen). (Photo: Courtesy of the Senate Majority Office)

Sacco supports Murphy pick for Horizon board

If confirmed, Paul Juliano would replace former top Christie aide Michele Brown

By David Wildstein, June 12 2020 4:47 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Paul Juliano to the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Board of Directors has the backing of State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen).

“Paul Juliano would be an asset to the Horizon board, and I support his nomination,” said Sacco, the mayor of North Bergen.

Juliano, the Bergen County Democratic Chairman, was named yesterday to replace Michele Brown on the Horizon board.

Brown was named to the $76,000-a-year, part-time post in 2017 by former Gov. Chris Christie after her nomination to a Superior Court judgeship fell through.

Christie has been pushing to keep her in the post.

In 2009, Brown’s relationship with Christie became an issue in his gubernatorial campaign.

Christie had loaned Brown $46,000 in 2007 while he was U.S. Attorney and she was a top deputy.  He never disclosed interest payments on that loan on his personal financial disclosure or on his income tax returns.

Brown also attended a private campaign event at Christie’s home while she was still working for the Department of Justice.

As a result, she wound up resigning her post at the U.S. Attorney’s office after becoming a distraction to the campaign.

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