Gov. Murphy taps acting prisons head Kuhn to lead corrections

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his victory speech in front of supporters at Convention Hall after winning the gubernatorial race against Jack Ciattarelli on Nov. 3, 2021, in Asbury Park. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated acting Corrections Commissioner Victoria Kuhn to fulfill the role that’s been empty since her embattled predecessor stepped down in June.

Kuhn has worked at the department since 2007 and served previously as chief of staff to former Commissioner Marcus Hicks. Hicks resigned in June amid a criminal prosecution of guards at the state’s only women’s prison on charges that they attacked inmates.

Murphy said Thursday he’s been impressed by Kuhn since he asked her to step in after Hicks’ resignation.

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