Garden State Parkway

By Rich Juliano, senior vice president and managing director of the Contractors Division, ARTBA

New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy (D) has named three staff members of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association (UTCA), ARTBA’s affiliated chapter, to his transition team.

UTCA Executive Director Anthony Attanasio is joining the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Director of Government Affairs Zoe Baldwin will serve on the Environment and Energy Committee; and UTCA Legal Counsel Paul Fader will advise the Transition Counsel.

Transitions are an important process for all new governors. Outside expert advisors, such as those from UTCA, will typically help the incoming governor and staff assesses the current status of state agencies and policies, while laying the groundwork for the incoming administration’s agenda.

During the campaign, Murphy criticized the administration of outgoing Gov. Chris Christie, contending it has underfunded and mismanaged the state’s transportation programs. The governor-elect has vowed to invest in transportation infrastructure, including the Gateway project, which will improve and enhance rail links between New Jersey and Manhattan.

Murphy takes office Jan. 16.