Next up for Phil Murphy: His transition to power. Here’s how it works.

TRENTON — So what happens now that Phil Murphy has been elected New Jersey’s next governor?

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.

Phil Murphy elected as N.J.’s next governor

The big 2017 election result from Tuesday’s N.J. gubernatorial race is in: Phil Murphy, the Democrat, has beaten Kim Guadagno, the Republican and the state’s current lieutenant governor. The voters’ choice means New Jersey will have its first Democratic governor since Jon Corzine when Gov. Chris Christie leaves office.

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.

Their goals?

“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.


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