Former Rep. Scott Garrett no longer holds his $215,001-a-year job with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New Jersey Globe has learned, with the Biden administration tossing several Trump appointees from New Jersey.
Garrett and another ex-lawmaker, former Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, were casualties of the 2020 presidential election. Both were Trump administration picks.
Casagrande was ousted from her job as Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Biden administration has not yet picked a replacement.
But one prominent Trump administration appointee from New Jersey, Anna Little, remains as a federal immigration judge, a U.S. Department of Justice staff post that hears cases involving removal proceedings for immigrants and their families.
“Immigration judges are Department of Justice career federal employees. As such, they do not serve a pre-set term,” said John Martin, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice. “The attorney general appoints immigration judges.”
Little, a former Monmouth County Freeholder who ran against Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) in 2010, is currently assigned to a Immigration Court post in San Francisco.
Also out: former Monmouth County Freeholder Christine Myers, who served as a regional advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration; and former Point Pleasant Council President Michael Thulen, who served as New Jersey State Rural Development Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Garrett spent fourteen years as a congressman before losing to Democrat Josh Gottheimer in 2016.
Trump nominated Garrett to serve as U.S. Export-Import Bank president in 2017 but wound up at the SEC after the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate Banking Committee rejected his nomination. In Congress, Garrett had tried to close the same agency he was seeking to run.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) mounted an unsuccessful but largely symbolic bid to reduce Garrett’s salary to $1 in a post that was not subject to Senate confirmation.
The 44-year-old Casagrande served eight years in the State Assembly before losing her seat in 2015 to Democrats Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold).
She moved to Washington in 2018 to join the Trump administration and now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
Myers was among the Republicans former Gov. Chris Christie tried to recruit to run for Congress in the 11th district after Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) announced his retirement in 2018. She declined, preferring to remain in her SBA post.
After walking away from her freeholder seat – she served her final year while working at the SBA but didn’t run again – Myers is now a potential challenger to Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in 2022.