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MURPHY KEEPING LONGTIME NJ SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
 
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-- David Levinsky

TRENTON, NJ -- January 8, 2017 -- New Jersey’s longtime secretary of Agriculture is staying put.

Doug Fisher, who has served as head of the state Department of Agriculture since 2009, will remain in the post under the administration of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy.

Murphy’s transition team announced the appointment Friday afternoon, along with his nomination of Gary Lanigan to continue as commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

“I am proud to ask both Secretary Fisher and Commissioner Lanigan to continue providing the steady leadership they have shown at the departments of Agriculture and Corrections,” Murphy said in a statement. “They are respected leaders both inside and outside state government, and have proven experience that we need as we put New Jersey on a new course for growth and fairness.”

Technically, Murphy did not appoint Fisher. Rather, he accepted the recommendation of the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture, which chooses a secretary for the governor to accept or reject.

All other Cabinet-level positions are nominated by the governor and must be approved by the Senate.

The Board of Agriculture voted in November to formally ask Murphy to keep Fisher.

The 70-year-old Cumberland County resident was formerly a Democratic assemblyman and Cumberland County freeholder. He was originally appointed to the secretary’s post by the board when Democrat Jon S. Corzine was governor, and he has remained there for all eight years of Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s tenure, making him the longest-serving member of the current Cabinet.

As secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisher leads an agency that is responsible for a host of programs, ranging from agricultural research and science; to marketing and promoting Jersey Fresh produce, fish and other products; to farmland preservation and resource protection, to school lunch and charitable food distribution programs.

Agriculture provides nearly $13 billion annually to the state’s economy and supports more than 58,000 jobs.

In a statement, Fisher said he was excited to work with the new Democratic governor.

“New Jersey agriculture is a growth industry, and I am excited to work with Gov.-elect Murphy to create an economy that fully supports everyone from family farmers to the scientists developing new and exciting crops,” Fisher said. “So much of our state’s future is tied to preserving and protecting the farming heritage that made us the Garden State.”

Lanigan also has a lengthy tenure as head of the Department of Corrections. He started in March 2010 during Christie’s first term.

As commissioner, he leads an agency of about 8,000 employees, 13 facilities and a close to $1 billion budget.

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