Senate Confirms Doria As Community Affairs Commissioner

TRENTON, N.J. – Today, in a unanimous vote of the present members, the New Jersey State Senate confirmed Joseph V. Doria, Jr. as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

"I thank the Senate for this gracious honor," said Acting Commissioner Doria.  "I look forward to continuing my work with advocates, non-profit organizations and local officials as we look to make a positive impact on the lives of New Jersey residents." 

Doria served as Mayor of Bayonne from 1998 until 2007, and also served as an Assemblyman from 1979 until 2004 and State Senator from 2004 until 2007 for the 31st Legislative District.  He served as Speaker of the Assembly from 1990 until 1992 and also as Minority Leader from 1992 until 2002.  Doria graduated Magne Cum Laude from Saint Peter’s College with majors in History, English and French, holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Boston College, and received his doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He and his wife, Maribeth, were married in 1978 and have one daughter, Margaret Mary.

Doria has been serving as Acting Commissioner of DCA since October 9th, 2007.  An official swearing in date has yet to be set.

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was created to provide administrative guidance, financial support and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses and individuals to improve the quality of life in New Jersey. DCA offers a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of public concern including fire and building safety, housing production, community planning and development, and local government management and finance.