Embattled Murphy official lands job at consulting firm run by governor’s senior adviser

Updated Apr 26, 2019

The top official in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration who resigned this week after being under fire for hiring family and friends at the Schools Development Authority will remain in the governor’s orbit after all.

Lizette Delgado-Polanco is joining a consultant firm founded by Adam Alonso, a senior adviser to Murphy and the state’s Democratic Party, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Delgado-Polanco will be a senior vice president at the firm, the Cratos Group. She starts Monday.

Delgado-Polanco submitted her resignation on Tuesday from the Schools Development Authority after months of controversy that began when it was discovered she hired of dozens of people with ties to her after taking control in August. She also stepped down as vice chairwoman of the state’s Democratic Party.

Murphy stood by her as a shadow hung over the SDA and has refused to say whether he asked for her resignation. Instead, he thanked her for her service and declared it’s time to move on from the subject.

Alonso told NJ Advance Media hiring Delgado-Polanco is a coup for his firm, which he founded in 2009.

“Her experience in labor has made her one of the state’s premier community organizers and I think that that’s a really important service in the years to come,” Alonso said.

“Her record of accomplishment over the course of her career is clear and her commitment to different communities is clear and I’m proud to have her on my team,” he added. “I think she’s the best in the business in the state.”

Delgado-Polanco worked at the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters prior to joining Murphy’s administration. She also spent six years at the state Democratic Party.

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