The immediate task for the Democrat — who beat Republican Kim Guadagno on Tuesday — is to put together a transition team to prepare him and his administration to take over when Republican Chris Christie leaves office Jan. 16, 2018.
He’s already tapped a transition leader: Jose Lozano, chief of staff vice president of Hackensack Meridan Health, according to two sources familiar with the choice who asked for anonymity to speak candidly.
Lozano also served on Gov. Jon Corzine‘s transition team, and as deputy chief of staff for the Environmental Protection Agency as part of President Barack Obama’s administration.
Murphy is expected to announce Lozano’s appointment as early as Wednesday. The governor-elect will also reveal his pick for chief of staff: Peter Cammarano, chief of staff for then-Gov. Richard Codey, according to sources briefed on Murphy’s plans who were not authorize to discuss them publicly.
Other transition team members will be rolled out in phases over the next few weeks.
“Filling out the government, finding key people, and making first round of policy recommendations,” said Mike DuHaime, a longtime Christie adviser who served on Christie’s first transition team in 2009.