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Fisher Will Leave His Position as New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture in July, But He Will Not Run for Assembly.

Doug Fisher, the seventh person to hold the position of New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture since 1916, will retire on July 1 and will not seek re-election to the State Assembly.

The New Jersey Globe has confirmed that Fisher has changed his mind about running in the third district, where his former running mate, John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro), is running for the State Senate.

The State Board of Agriculture will now be responsible for selecting a new agriculture secretary, with the consent of Governor Phil Murphy, unless Murphy decides he wants a larger role in the selection process. Farmers got to fill the cabinet post as part of a deal with Gov. Alfred Driscoll to ratify a new State Constitution in 1947. Click HERE for a primer on the arcane selection process.

Fisher, a former Cumberland County freeholder who, along with Steve Sweeney and Burzichelli, flipped the 3rd district in 2001, was named Secretary of Agriculture in 2009.

Governor-elect Chris Christie intended to replace Fisher with then-Sussex County freeholder Hal Wirths. He believed that the Board of Agriculture would support the switch.

However, Sweeney, the incoming Senate President, exerted pressure on Christie to retain Fisher. Instead, Christie named Wirths as his Commissioner of Labor.

Murphy praised Fisher’s service as a cabinet member since his 2018 inauguration.

The New Jersey farming and agriculture community has had a friend in Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher for the past 14 years. Doug has been an important partner in our administration-wide efforts to fight hunger and food insecurity,” said Murphy. “He has advocated for agri-tourism and supported the expansion of businesses that keep farms economically viable and our agricultural heritage alive. His administration has ensured that the Garden State moniker remains a source of pride for all New Jersey residents.”

Doug Fisher, the seventh person to hold the position of New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture since 1916, will retire on July 1 and will not seek re-election to the State Assembly.

The New Jersey Globe has confirmed that Fisher has changed his mind about running in the third district, where his former running mate, John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro), is running for the State Senate.

The State Board of Agriculture will now be responsible for selecting a new agriculture secretary, with the consent of Governor Phil Murphy, unless Murphy decides he wants a larger role in the selection process. Farmers got to fill the cabinet post as part of a deal with Gov. Alfred Driscoll to ratify a new State Constitution in 1947. Click HERE for a primer on the arcane selection process.

Fisher, a former Cumberland County freeholder who, along with Steve Sweeney and Burzichelli, flipped the 3rd district in 2001, was named Secretary of Agriculture in 2009.

Governor-elect Chris Christie intended to replace Fisher with then-Sussex County freeholder Hal Wirths. He believed that the Board of Agriculture would support the switch.

However, Sweeney, the incoming Senate President, exerted pressure on Christie to retain Fisher. Instead, Christie named Wirths as his Commissioner of Labor.

Murphy praised Fisher’s service as a cabinet member since his 2018 inauguration.

The New Jersey farming and agriculture community has had a friend in Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher for the past 14 years. Doug has been an important partner in our administration-wide efforts to fight hunger and food insecurity,” said Murphy. “He has advocated for agri-tourism and supported the expansion of businesses that keep farms economically viable and our agricultural heritage alive. His administration has ensured that the Garden State moniker remains a source of pride for all New Jersey residents.”

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Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.
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