Longtime Romano Chief of Staff Rivera leaves county gig for job with Murphy

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Hoboken Freeholder Anthony Romano’s (D-5) longtime Chief of Staff Marelyn Rivera left her county gig this week for a new job with the Gov.-elect Phil Murphy administration.

Freeholder Anthony Romano's (D-5) longtime Chief of Staff Marelyn Rivera has left her county gig for an opportunity with the Murphy administration. Facebook photo.
Freeholder Anthony Romano’s (D-5) longtime Chief of Staff Marelyn Rivera has left her county gig for an opportunity with the Murphy administration. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rivera’s last day at the county was Tuesday, Romano confirmed, and she made the trek to Trenton yesterday to begin work as an aide to the governor focused on community and intergovernmental affairs.

“I’m very proud of Marelyn of her moving onto the governor’s office. She was a part of my political career and I appreciate all she did, I’ll miss her tremendously. She worked very hard for me in a lot of different areas,” Romano said.

“I look forward to working with her in the future.”

Also an aide to North Bergen Freeholder Anthony Vainieri (D-8), the current chair of the board, until recently, Rivera will be making $60,000 at her new statehouse post, sources said.

Murphy, who will be sworn in on Tuesday announced his senior leadership team earlier this week, which includes Adam Alonso, another Hoboken politico, as the deputy chief of staff for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.

He will serve as Rivera’s boss under the new administration.

A Murphy spokesman did not return inquiries seeking comment.

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