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Governor McGreevey Announces Top Staff in the Governor's Office

Governor James E. McGreevey has chosen four talented and dedicated government and public service leaders to comprise his top staff in the Governor's office.

Gary Taffet, 35, who served as McGreevey's Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff at Woodbridge Town Hall, is the Chief of Staff of the Governor's Office.

James M. Davy, 48, who served as McGreevey's Chief Operating Officer on the campaign and has nearly 25 years experience in government service, is the Chief of Management and Operations.

Jo Astrid Glading, Esq., 42, who recently served as Deputy Director and Staff Counsel for the New Jersey State Senate, is the Chief of Policy and Communications.

Paul Levinsohn, Esq., 34, an attorney who served as McGreevey's Finance Chairman during the campaign, is the Chief Counsel.

"This strong team has decades of experience in government and public service, and each of them shares my commitment to making sure that our administration will run effectively and accountably," McGreevey said. "New Jersey's families need to know that their government will keep its focus on what matters most -- putting people first, providing efficient services, and addressing our top priorities, such as improving our schools, strengthening our economy, and protecting the safety and security of our people. And I am confident that this team of professionals will serve our people well."

 

Gary Taffet   

 
   Chief of Staff of the Governor's Office.
James M. Davy
 
   Chief of Management and Operations.
Jo Astrid Glading, Esq

 
   Chief of Policy and Communications.
Paul Levinsohn, Esq

 
   Chief Counsel.

 

Gary Taffet, 35, who served as McGreevey's Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff at Woodbridge Town Hall, is the Chief of Staff of the Governor's Office.

Before spending three years in the private sector, Taffet served as the political director for the McGreevey for Governor campaign in 1997 and was Chief of Staff in Woodbridge Township from 1992-1997. Prior to working for McGreevey, Taffet served as a policy associate in the New Jersey Assembly Democratic Office, where he was responsible for insurance and housing issues. Taffet has a master's degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, and was selected to study at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Taffet currently lives in the Fords section of Woodbridge Township

James M. Davy, 48, who served as Chief Operating Officer on the McGreevey for Governor campaign and has nearly 25 years experience in government service, is the Chief of Management and Operations.

Before joining the campaign, Davy served as Business Administrator for the Township of Woodbridge. He also worked as a City Manager in the townships of South Brunswick, Hopewell, and West Milford. Davy is a past President of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association and was the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Committee for the International City Management Association. Davy earned his master's degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and his undergraduate degree at Thiel College in Pennsylvania . Davy currently resides in Pennington, but previously lived in Westfield.

Jo Astrid Glading, Esq., 42, who recently served as Deputy Director and Staff Counsel for the New Jersey State Senate, is the Chief of Policy and Communications.

Glading served as an advisor to the Democratic State Committee during the 2001 campaign. Previously, she was lead counsel for the New Jersey Senate Democratic Office in the 2001 racial profiling investigation conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Before this, she worked as the Editorial Director for a legal publishing company that managed publications relating to employment, labor, intellectual property, securities, corporate and personal injury law. Glading worked as Governor Jim Florio's press secretary and as communications director during his 1993 campaign. This followed a ten-year career in journalism, including serving as Bureau Chief in the Associated Press Statehouse bureau. She also worked in local government, serving as Chief of Staff and an associate counsel to the Mayor in Cherry Hill. Glading received her law degree with honors from Rutgers-Camden Law School and was admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her undergraduate degree from New York University. She currently resides in Hopewell Township

Paul Levinsohn, Esq., 34, an attorney who served as Finance Chairman during the McGreevey for Governor campaign, is the Chief Counsel.

In addition to his work on the campaign, Levinsohn practiced civil rights and administrative law at the firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. Before joining the firm, Levinsohn served as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable Anne Thompson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court. He also worked for the late Senator Terry Sanford (D-NC) and former Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA). Previously, Levinsohn taught high school history in the Teach for America program. He earned his undergraduate, master's, and law degrees from Duke University. Levinsohn currently resides in Princeton, but previously lived in Old Bridge.


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