With less than a week left in his term as governor, Republican Chris Christie announced a slew of over 80 appointments on Wednesday, ushering in changes for state psychiatric hospital boards and other local boards before he leaves office on Tuesday.
Four of New Jersey’s psychiatric hospitals will have new trustee boards, mostly made of Christie staffers, former cabinet members and other loyalists who have worked with the outgoing governor during his eight-year tenure.
For the Board of Trustees at Morris County’s Greystone Hospital—the largest publicly run mental health facility in the state—Christie appointed Morris County Sherriff Jim Gannon, a Republican; advisor Michele Brown; and Port Authority employee Peter Simon, as well as a slew of others.
The Ancora Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees will include Cathleen Bennett, the former New Jersey health commissioner and head of the New Jersey Hospital Association, and Dominick DiRocco, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff and current director of governmental affairs at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Another deputy chief of staff, Amanda DePalma, was appointed to the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees.
For the board at Trenton’s Ann Klein Forensic Center, a facility that treats clients with mental illness who are in the judicial system, Christie appointed former Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. In 2015, Angelini, a Republican, unexpectedly lost her re-election bid in New Jersey’s 11th legislative district.
Christie’s appointments also extended beyond the state’s hospital system.
His current communications director, Brian Murray, was appointed to serve on the Youth Correctional Institution Complex Board of Trustees. Christie also appointed retired Republican Judge Roger Daley to the Middlesex County College Board of Trustees.
View the full list of appointments here:
Ancora Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees
Ann Klein Forensic Center Board of Trustees
Mary Pat Angelini
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees
Sheriff James Gannon
Louis A. Modugno
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees
New Lisbon Developmental Center Board of Trustees
Shannon Michael McManus
Woodbine Developmental Center Board of Trustees
Garden State Preservation Trust
New Jersey State Historical Records Advisory Board
New Jersey Council for Young Children
Asbury Park Housing Authority
HOBOKEN Housing Authority
Beth A. Mason
Youth Correctional Institution Complex Board of Trustees
New Jersey State Board of Dentistry
State Board of Examiners of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refridgeration Contractors
State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers
State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey
State Board of Psychological Examiners
State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans’ Memorial Cemetary Advisory Council
Clean Air Council
Clean Water Council
New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Middlesex County College Board of Trustees
Salem Community College Board of Trustees
Child Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team Advisory Board
Javier M. Toro
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council
James Seath, Sr.
Charles J. Dodge
New Jersey Israel Commission
School Ethics Commission
Richard D. Tomko
Edgewater Housing Authority
Harrison Housing Authority
Richard A. Miller
New Brunswick Housing Authority
Newark Redevelopment and Housing Authority
John C. Patino
Salem City Housing Authority
Commission on Human Trafficking
New Jersey State Board of Architects
New Jersey State Board of Optometrists
New Jersey Building Authority
William T. Mullen
State Coordinator for the 1033 Program
New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority
John J. Duthie
University Hospital Board of Directors
David Molowa, Ph.D.
Rowan County College at Burlington Board of Trustees