- Associated Press - Thursday, November 9, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy says his top deputy will also lead the state department that played a key role in helping the state recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Murphy’s transition office said Thursday that Lt. Gov.-elect Sheila Oliver will take the helm of the Department of Community Affairs.

The department coordinates state aid to towns and cities and oversees code enforcement.

Oliver is the state’s second lieutenant governor, succeeding Republican Kim Guadagno, whom Murphy defeated in Tuesday’s election.

The constitution allows the governor to appoint his top deputy to lead a Cabinet post without the advice and consent of the Senate, as is required for other positions.

Guadagno served as Secretary of State for two terms under Christie. The office oversees elections, cultural attractions and tourism.

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