The Senate has dropped plans to allow former New Jersey Network (NJN) reporter Kent St. John to use his on-air name in his new role as Secretary of the Senate. Instead, a Senate resolution appointing him to the post will use his legal name, Kent Hicks. Hicks becomes the first African American to serve as Senate Secretary, the first South Jerseyan since Robert Gladden lost his job when Republicans won the Senate in 1991. He will also be the first male to occupy the post since Gladden, who was the Senate Secretary from 1966 to 1968, and again from 1974 to 1992.
Assembly Speaker-designate Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) will retain Assembly Clerk Dana Burley, a Camden City Councilwoman who was named to the post when Joseph Roberts became Speaker in 2006. Burley was the second African American Clerk, following Barbara Morrow, who served when Chuck Hardwick was Speaker in 1986 and 1987.