Home>Feature>Biden will withdraw nomination of Fulton to Pentagon post, and instead will shift her to job at V.A., report says

State Division of Motor Vehicles chief administrator B. Sue Fulton. (Photo: Sue Fulton.)

Biden will withdraw nomination of Fulton to Pentagon post, and instead will shift her to job at V.A., report says

Embattled N.J. motor vehicles chief was unable to get U.S. Senate confirmation

By David Wildstein, June 09 2022 5:12 pm

The White House will pull  the nomination of Sue Fulton as an Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense and will instead give her a job at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that does not require U.S. Senate confirmation, the Military Times has reported.

That could mean Fulton will depart her current post as chief administrator for the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission sooner rather than later, allowing Gov. Phil Murphy to shed a cabinet member who had been a liability for his re-election campaign last year.

President Joe Biden had named Fulton to the Pentagon post as assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs in April 2021, but her confirmation was stalled in the U.S. Senate.

In a rocky confirmation hearing last October, Fulton faced trouble from three Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee for tweets that criticized Republicans and evangelicals.  The panel never held a vote on her nomination.

Instead, Fulton will be moved to the now-vacant post of assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs.  Raphael Chavez-Fernandez, a former state director to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, holds the post of deputy assistant secretary post in the same office.

Fulton, 63, is a retired U.S. Army captain, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and was part of the first West Point class to admit women.  She became the first openly gay member of the West Point Board of Visitors when President Barack Obama nominated her in 2011.

Once Fulton departs, Murphy will need to name an acting chief and submit a nomination to the State Senate for confirmation.

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