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A Primer on How New Jersey Picks its Secretary of Agriculture

Updated: Jun 20

March 10, 2023 |

Former Agriculture Secretary Phil Alampi, longest-serving cabinet officer state’s history .

An obscure deal with South Jersey to get votes for the ratification of the New Jersey State Constitution in 1947 will give Gov. Phil Murphy limited say over the selection of one of his cabinet members, the Secretary of Agriculture when Douglas Fisher vacates the post to seek a return to the State Assembly.

NJ SEED: An interesting journey through a part of NJ’s sometimes obscure political history. Agriculture remains an important industry in the Garden State’s economy and the Secretary of Agriculture remains an important position.

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