The New Jersey Globe has confirmed that Eric D. Brophy will succeed Joseph Kelley as governor Phil Murphy’s deputy chief of staff for economic growth.
Kelley, who joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a commissioner last week, will depart the administration this month to pursue opportunities in the private sector.
After serving as the executive director of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority from 2018 to 2022, Brophy joined Murphy’s staff fourteen months ago as a senior advisor to the governor for economic development.
Before joining the administration of Governor Murphy, Brophy was a partner at a law firm in Monmouth County. He was elected twice to the Wall school board and was a Hillary Clinton-supporting delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
He ran for a township council seat in Wall, losing by 585 votes to now-Assemblyman Ned Thomson, and he lost his 2010 bid for Monmouth County Sheriff by 22 percentage points to Republican Shaun Golden.
Kelley, who served as the finance director for Murphy’s 2017 gubernatorial campaign, has been Murphy’s point person on the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic and a key player in developing statewide transit and international trade issues for the governor’s office. Netflix’s decision to build a major film studio in New Jersey was largely due to his influence.