Cradic has participated in the development and ongoing oversight of several major administration initiatives, including taking the organizational and policy lead on the Governor’s international trade trips to Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom. She also helped launch and manage the Governor’s Facing Addiction Task Force and advanced the administration's success in providing greater access to drug treatment.
In her capacity as Senior Policy Advisor between 2012 and 2013, Cradic supervised policy teams covering a wide range of issues, from energy and the environment to transportation and homeland security. Cradic’s major priorities included a focus on clean energy initiatives to advance Governor Christie’s Energy Master Plan goals, as well as serving as policy liaison for Atlantic City leading the launch of a public/private partnership to better deliver social services to the homeless. She was the policy lead for major agency projects, including post-storm utility infrastructure policies, statewide information technology upgrades, behavioral health delivery improvements and workforce alignment strategies.
Cradic served in various capacities within the Department of Environmental Protection and the Commission on Higher Education. In her leadership role as Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources, she oversaw programs ranging from coastal engineering and flood control to natural resource stewardship and management. She helped launch an energy efficiency statewide capital initiative and a sustainable funding effort to expand public amenities.
Cradic holds Masters of Arts from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey.
Scrivo graduated from Fairfield University in 1985 and received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1989, where he served as an Editor on the Law Review. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Born in Newark, Scrivo currently resides in Essex County with his wife and their four children
Prior to his most recent tenure in private practice, Coffina was an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush from May 2007 until January 2009, where he advised White House and Administration officials on a wide-range of legal matters, represented the interests of the President in Congressional oversight investigations and evaluated candidates for judicial appointments in the District of Columbia and Eleventh Circuits. Previously, he served in the White House Office of Political Affairs for President Ronald Reagan. Coffina also was an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia from 1997-2001.
Coffina received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. He currently resides in Marlton with his wife and three sons.
She is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She currently resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Prior to joining DCA, Reiner served as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Christie. In this role, he advised the Governor and his Senior Staff on various policy issues, including education, economic development, urban initiatives, and vulnerable populations. Along with his team of Policy Advisors, Reiner oversaw the operations and policy development at the Departments of Education, State, Human Services, Children & Families, Corrections, and Labor & Workforce Development, as well as the Economic Development Authority, Schools Development Authority, and State Parole Board.
Reiner previously served as Assistant Counsel in the Governor's Authorities Unit, overseeing operations and reform initiatives at multiple State authorities and commissions.
Prior to working in the Governor's Office, Reiner was an attorney at Lowenstein Sandler handling a variety of litigation matters. He graduated from William Paterson University magna cum laude and Rutgers School of Law in Newark. Upon graduating law school, Reiner served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.
Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Halldow served as Chief of Staff at New Jersey Transit where for the past four years she was responsible for overall strategic direction, construction of a customer satisfaction measurement system, and operational oversight of rail, bus and capital programs. In her capacity, Ms. Halldow was also charged with daily interaction with the communications team and providing leadership to both internal and external messaging.
Prior to that Ms. Halldow was Vice President of Communication for the Rochester, New York Transportation Authority where she led a team charged with managing customer communications, internal messaging and capital program leadership.
Ms. Halldow also served the New York State Association of Counties, working with 62 New York counties on communication, event coordination and legislative support.
Ms. Halldow is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/ Political Science.
Immediately prior to her appointment, De Palma was the Director of Budget, Human Resources and Special Projects for Christie for President. She returns to the Governor’s Office after having previously served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in 2010, where she was tasked with various constituent outreach and community relations initiatives including building support for the historic Cap 2.0 property tax reform.
Mrs. De Palma has extensive experience in organizational and structural operations over the last fifteen years, including senior-level campaign and political leadership roles at the New Jersey Republican State Committee (Executive Director); Christie for Governor (Political Director, 2009; Deputy Campaign Manager, 2013); Transition Office of the Governor-elect, Rudy Giuliani for President (N.J. Executive Director, 2008), and Tom Kean for U.S. Senate (Statewide Field Director, 2006).
Mrs. De Palma received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Seton Hall University in South Orange.
Prior to joining the Christie Administration, Brandes worked as an associate in private practice for the law firm of Wolff & Samson and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Helen E. Hoens, Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Brandes graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 2004 and also earned his law degree from Rutgers University in 2007.
A Middlesex county native, Brandes currently resides in Morris county with his wife.
Beginning in 1995, Mr. Garrenger served as a Deputy Attorney General and an Assistant Attorney General in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. In the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Garrenger represented the State of New Jersey and various State officials, including the Governor and the State Treasurer, in a wide variety of civil litigation. Since 1999, Mr. Garrenger has served in various legal positions in the Office of the Governor, including Senior Associate Counsel, Deputy Chief Counsel, Assistant Counsel, and Special Budget Counsel.
Prior to his service as an Assistant Attorney General and in the Governor's Office, Mr. Garrenger worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John C. Lifland of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
A native of New Jersey, Mr. Garrenger received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Yale University in 1989, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1992.
McDermott returned to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as Chief of Staff in May 2010 after nine years in the private sector. As Chief of Staff, McDermott was responsible for policy and legislative development, in addition to implementing and enhancing the Department’s community outreach and constituent relations initiatives.
Before joining the Christie Administration, McDermott was the principal at McDermott Public Affairs from 2001 to 2010. He has represented and worked with a broad base of clients that included building and construction trade unions and contractors, the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry, the maritime industry of New York and New Jersey, and non-profit workforce development agencies.
The former Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor, McDermott gained over 13 years of unique public sector experience serving in management and senior management positions in both the Legislative and Executive branches of New Jersey state government from 1990 to 2001. In doing so, he gained national recognition for business services development and outreach programs while at the Department of Labor. McDermott previously served as Director of Communications for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.
McDermott, a Cranford resident, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Spinello previously served as associate general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he provided legal counsel to the Administrator and other agency decision- makers in Washington, D.C. and in ten regional offices.
Prior to joining the EPA, Spinello served as assistant counsel to Governor Christie Whitman. He also held several senior positions in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Spinello earned a juris doctor degree from the Temple University School of Law’s evening division while working for the New Jersey State Legislature. He holds a bachelor ’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Spinello also served for six years in the United States Navy Reserve, including three years providing intelligence support for an electronic attack squadron.
Immediately prior to his appointment, Robinson served as Chief Operating Officer of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of America organization, whose goal was to bring Formula 1 Racing to the banks of the Hudson River on an annual basis. The Formula 1 World Championship races are televised worldwide in over 175 countries.
Prior to his tenure at the Grand Prix of America, Robinson was President & CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, where he was responsible for managing the Meadowlands Sports Complex consisting of Giants Stadium, IZOD Center, and the Meadowlands Racetrack. In addition, the Sports Authority also managed Monmouth Park Racetrack, site of the 2007 Breeders Cup, and oversaw the operation of the Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall and the Wildwood Convention Center.
Prior to returning to the Sports Authority, Mr. Robinson was Senior Vice President, Business and League Operations for the National Basketball Association. Mr. Robinson also served as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Athletic Conference as well as Assistant to the Athletic Director at the University of Houston.
Mr. Robinson is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He received a Master’s in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Harvard. Most importantly, Mr. Robinson is the proud father of three wonderful children and resides in Ridgewood.