A long-time fixture in the higher echelons of New Jersey government and politics has been tapped by Gov. Chris Christie to be the state’s next transportation commissioner.
Jamie Fox, whose appointment was announced yesterday, previously served as chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli. In 2002, he was named transportation commissioner by Gov. James McGreevey, serving in that post until the then-governor made him chief of staff. After McGreevey resigned in late 2004, Fox became deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, also serving as chairman of the NJ Transit board of directors.
Fox, a Democrat who lives in Lambertville, left the Port Authority in 2007 to become a private consultant with the firm Fox and Shuffler, which has offices in Manhattan and Trenton.
His appointment, which is pending approval by the state Senate, comes at a time when New Jersey’s transportation fund is deeply in debt and the state’s transportation infrastructure needs massive upgrades and repairs.
Watch Gov. Christie’s press conference and read a full Transportation Nation report by Kate Hinds of WNYC, a partner of NJ Spotlight.