NEWS RELEASE:
Governor Jon S. Corzine
August 7,  2007

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GOVERNOR TAPS BRAD ABELOW AS CHIEF OF STAFF

TRENTON - Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced that effective September 1, 2007 State Treasurer Bradley Abelow will serve as his new chief of staff.

Abelow will replace current chief of staff Tom Shea, who has held the position since Governor Corzine took office in January 2006.

“Tom Shea is a trusted advisor and talented public servant who has served the people of New Jersey and me with distinction,” Governor Corzine said. “In many ways Tom is not replaceable, but I am pleased that I only had to look down the hall to find my next chief of staff. In his 18 months in Trenton, Brad has earned the respect of nearly everyone he has engaged. I have come to rely greatly on his advice and counsel and could not be more pleased that he has agreed to serve as my next chief of staff.”

As Treasurer, Abelow has been responsible for the crafting Corzine’s first two budgets and overseeing the expenditure of state funds. Prior to joining the Administration, he worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years, having served as head of the Operations Division. Previously, he was responsible for the Operations, Technology and Finance Division in Asia.

Abelow earned an M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management and a B.A. from Northwestern University. He and his family live in Montclair.

“I have worked closely with Governor Corzine over the past year and a half and have seen firsthand his commitment to bringing real and lasting change to New Jersey,” Abelow said. “Though my job title and responsibilities are changing, the underlying task is the same: to give the Governor honest and straightforward advice and do all I can to further his agenda of reform.”

The Governor also announced that Michellene Davis, currently the Chief of Staff at Treasury, will serve as Acting Treasurer and chair of the committee tasked with finding Abelow's replacement.

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