Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Murphy Keeps Christie Appointee as State's Homeland Security Director

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Murphy Keeps Christie Appointee as State's Homeland Security Director

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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said he will keep the current director of the state's homeland security office, making Jared Maples the first Cabinet officer to be retained as the executive office switches from Republican to Democratic control.

Maples, a 36-year-old former counterintelligence officer, was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as acting director of the department in June. Murphy said Maples, who will lead New Jersey's counterterrorism, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness efforts, is the right person to keep New Jersey safe.

Maples joined the state government in January 2016, overseeing the administrative functions of the homeland security office, such as finances, grant applications and human resources. He was promoted to acting director in June after the previous director, Chris Rodriguez, left for a private-sector job. …

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