Murphy’s new Comella is de Blasio, Clinton alum

To run his communications operation, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has stolen away a top aide to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mahen Gunaratna, Murphy’s pick for Director of Communications, served as de Blasio’s Deputy Communications Director in 2017.  He also worked as de Blasio’s research director on his 2013 mayoral campaign. Gunaratna was the de Blasio staffer who had his cell phone swiped on a subway in Manhattan.  He