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Profile: Governor’s New Chief Of Staff Takes Second-Term Helm

Further, Treasury was the center of the action in Christie’s first two years in office because it was the agency responsible for the steep cuts the governor needed to make in the FY2010 and FY2011 budgets, for the pension and health benefits overhaul, and for Christie’s business tax cuts, and unsuccessful income tax cut proposal.

Egea's two-year stint as deputy mayor in Harding Township gave her a ground-level insight into the impact of state policies she was implementing on municipal government and added to the perspective she had gained by serving on the Harding Township Board of Education from 2003 to 2008.

“We were lucky to have her on the Harding Township Committee,” Lanzerotti said. “She brought insights and experience from the private sector that were beneficial in looking at finance issues, and she was a strong proponent of rigorous benchmarking. Given the experience she has had, and what she has seen on the pluses and minuses of achieving savings through shared services, she is in a good position to advise the governor on what local governments face.”

Egea served on the committee that oversaw the successful startup of the merger of the Harding, Madison, Chatham Borough, and Chatham Township municipal courts, Harding Township Deputy Mayor Nic Platt noted.

“She introduced benchmarking and that completely reshaped our budget process,” said Platt. “Before, we were comparing ourselves to ourselves in previous years. Once we started comparing ourselves with our towns, we saw how much we were spending and where the opportunities for savings were.”

That perspective will be valuable with Christie committed to a second-term agenda that includes expanding shared services, limiting sick-leave payouts, and overhauling civil service to enable more towns to merge like the two Princetons did last year.

Egea resigned from the Township Committee in January 2012 when she moved from Treasury to the Governor’s Office as director of the Authorities Unit, where she completed her immersion into the intricacies of state government by overseeing the vast “hidden government” of independent authorities that the governor ultimately controls through his power to veto the minutes of any board action with which he disagrees.

Personal: Egea grew up in Monmouth County, where she attended St. Rose High School in Belmar. She is a graduate of Montclair State University and earned a master’s degree in business administration in marketing from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City. She also graduated from the International Executive Program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She and her husband Emilio have two children, Christina, who is in college, and Emilio, who is in high school.

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