RANDOLPH, N.J. – Assemblywoman Aura Dunn was disappointed after learning at least one of Gov. Phil Murphy’s picks to lead the Economic Development Authority is another Democratic political activist with ties to Lizette Delgado-Polanco. She questioned whether the new appointee is just another old political friend.
“I was excited to see a refreshed EDA board that’s inclusive of strong women leadership but don’t be fooled,” said Dunn, a new member of the Legislature and the Assembly Commerce Committee. “It’s business as usual with Murphy’s appointment of a political activist devoted to promoting big government and partisan politics – two things that do not belong on the EDA board and are reasons New Jersey is the worst state for business.”
Marcia Marley, who was appointed by Murphy Tuesday, is the founder and president of BlueWaveNJ, a Montclair-based grassroots organization that advocates for progressive public policy and Democratic candidates. That organization has a very interesting – and somewhat infamous – board member: Lizette Delgado-Polanco, another former Murphy appointee who resigned as chief executive of the Schools Development Authority after weeks of controversy surrounding her leadership of an agency also at a crossroads.
“I am gravely concerned about our ability to attract and retain jobs that enable individuals to live comfortably, independently and enjoy the prospect of a stable future for themselves and family members here in the Garden State,” continued Dunn. “With all due respect, Governor Murphy, how is this a ‘new way and fresh perspective?’ To fix this embattled agency he shouldn’t be making more patronage appointments. What the people of New Jersey need is a leader knowledgeable in evidence-backed policies that have proven to promote economic growth.”