Thursday, April 22, 2010

NJ Economic czar leaving for law firm

Jerold Zaro in 2009 - Patti Sapone - Star-Ledger Patti Sapone/Star-Ledger

Jerold L. Zaro, chief of the New Jersey Office of Economic Growth under former Governor Jon Corzine, will join the law firm of Sills Cummis & Gross effective May 1 and work out of the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices.

Zaro, who continued in his state position for several months under the administration of present Governor Chris Christie, said:

“Working in the public sector truly has been one of the highlights of my career. I am fortunate to have had the rare privilege of serving under outstanding governors from both parties. I look forward to returning to practicing law and am extremely proud to join Sills Cummis & Gross, one of the premier firms in the New York metropolitan area.”

In a news release, the law firm credited Zaro with playing a “pivotal role in the decision of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTTC) to move to Jersey City, bringing 1600 jobs to the State.”  It also  said that he was “instrumental in laying the groundwork for the New Jersey Nets eventual decision to move from the Izod Arena to the Prudential Center Arena in Newark.”

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