Senate President-designate Nicholas Scutari has picked Patti McGuire, a veteran Democratic strategist and public affairs executive, to co-chair his transition team, along with Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp.
McGuire brings decades of relationships to the table.
She served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jon Corzine, as chief of staff to then-Rep. Bob Menendez, and as state director for Corzine when he was in the U.S. Senate. She also served as state political director for Bill Clinton’s New Jersey campaign and as John Kerry’s state campaign director in 2004.
McGuire also brings strong connections to Democratic women. Her work earned a place in the Planned Parenthood Hall of Fame.
Mapp, who just won re-election to a third term in a landslide in Plainfield, is the director of finance for the City of Orange.
“This is a great choice by Senator Scutari because Patti is well respected throughout the state and her experience and knowledge of state government is second to none,” said Michael Soliman, a Democratic strategist and Menendez’s top political advisor in New Jersey.
Scutari emerged as the choice of the Senate Democratic caucus following the upset loss of Senate President Steve Sweeney to Republican Edward Durr in the 3rd legislative district.