Governor Murphy Appoints Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as Chief of Staff

McCarter & English, LLP

In a recent development that has significant implications for New Jersey state politics, Governor Phil Murphy has announced the appointment of Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as his next Chief of Staff. Gutierrez-Scaccetti, who has served as New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner since 2018, will take office next month and will succeed George Helmy in this crucial role.

Helmy, who has served as the Governor’s Chief of Staff for more than four years, announced his departure from the post just last week. In his official announcement naming Gutierrez-Scaccetti as the incoming Chief of Staff, Governor Murphy expressed his confidence in her abilities and praised her impressive track record in the transportation sector.

Gutierrez-Scaccetti’s appointment as Chief of Staff will officially begin on Monday, October 2, 2023. She will continue to serve as NJDOT Commissioner until the end of this year, ensuring a seamless transition and the continuity of her work in the transportation sector.

With deep-rooted relationships and extensive experience in public service, including more than four decades of service in various capacities, Gutierrez-Scaccetti is well-positioned to play a key role in shaping state policies, especially those related to transportation and infrastructure.

The McCarter Government Affairs team extends our best wishes to George Helmy on his future endeavors and we look forward to the leadership of Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti as Chief of Staff. We will closely monitor this transition and will share developments as they occur.

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