Gov. Phil Murphy announced the promotion of Eric Brophy to deputy chief of staff for economic growth March 14, following the departure of Joe Kelley.
Brophy has served as senior advisor for economic growth and as executive director of the Educational Facilities Authority. In the new role, effective March 20, he will now manage economic affairs at the Governor’s Office.
In a press release announcing the shakeup, Murphy said that New Jersey’s economy has grown stronger, fairer and more inclusive during Kelley’s time in the position.
“Joe’s expertise proved instrumental to New Jersey’s economic restart and recovery from COVID-19, and his vision has helped guide our efforts to advance transit-oriented development, generate thousands of good-paying jobs, and attract the companies of tomorrow to New Jersey,” said Murphy.
Kelley, who is leaving the administration to pursue a private sector opportunity, says that Brophy knows how to get big projects done.
“He has a unique blend of private and public sector legal experience, as well as experience in government financing large-scale real estate transactions,” said Kelley. “I know he will serve as invaluable advisor to the governor.”
“It is an incredible honor to serve the residents of New Jersey, and I am ecstatic to be able to continue that service as deputy chief of staff,” said Brophy. “Joe has been a mentor a friend, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
“I wish Joe the best of luck in his future endeavors and look forward to all that Eric will help New Jersey accomplish as our internationally competitive economy continues to expand,” Murphy added.