Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that he is nominating Jennifer Davenport as New Jersey’s representative on the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
The nomination fills the vacancy created by Joe Sanzari’s resignation in May. It is subject to Senate confirmation and will be submitted at the upper house’s next quorum.
Davenport is currently senior director of compliance for PSEG. She previously served as first assistant attorney general, as well as holding positions as the attorney general’s principal law enforcement advisor and acting Union County prosecutor.
“Jen is a universally respected and accomplished attorney who helped lead the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office for four and a half years, after long stints at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Murphy.
“I am grateful to Gov. Murphy for this nomination,” said Davenport. “If confirmed, I look forward to building on my experience in federal and state law enforcement to promote public safety and to serve with honor and integrity.”
Her nomination comes at a fraught time for the Waterfront Commission, with New Jersey suing to break the bi-state compact that has been in place since 1953. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear arguments about whether the Garden State can terminate the agreement, which New York contends it cannot.
“I am confident that her extensive experience in law enforcement and her steadfast commitment to public service will serve her well representing our state on the Waterfront Commission, while our administration continues the legal battle at the U.S. Supreme Court to withdraw from the entity,” said Murphy.