Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Murphy Announces Appointment of Noreen Giblin as Deputy Chief Counsel and Director of the Governor’s Authorities Unit


TRENTON – Governor Murphy today announced the appointment of Noreen Giblin as Deputy Chief Counsel and Director of the Governor’s Authorities Unit (GAU). Giblin currently serves as Cabinet Secretary to the Governor and will transition into her new role on September 13.

“Noreen’s experience and expert knowledge of state government is unparalleled,” said Governor Murphy. “She has proven herself time and time again, whether in overseeing our Cabinet throughout one of the most difficult and challenging moments in our state’s history or her service at the BPU. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Noreen in her new role. At the same time, I would like to thank Brian Wilton for his service to our Administration and wish him well in his new role at NJ TRANSIT.”

“During the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of serving the Murphy Administration in different leadership roles and to working closely with our Cabinet to advance many of the Administration’s key initiatives,” said Noreen Giblin, incoming Deputy Chief Counsel and Director of the Governor’s Authorities Unit. “I appreciate the Governor’s confidence in me and look forward to embracing the challenges of my new role.”

As Director of the Authorities Unit, Giblin will hold an extensive series of responsibilities including overseeing and serving as the Governor’s representative to New Jersey’s various state authorities. In her current role, Giblin provides guidance to and liaises with the state’s Cabinet-level agencies and offices. She has played a key role in coordinating agency actions and facilitating collaboration across state government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giblin previously served as Chief Counsel at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) at the start of the Murphy Administration. She had previously served as Chief of Staff at BPU under Governor Jon Corzine. Giblin has had an extensive and far-reaching career in state government, including time serving as Director of Executive Office Operations for Governor Corzine, State Director for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, and Deputy Director of the Authorities Unit for Governor James McGreevey. Giblin also served in the private sector as Counsel at Gibbons P.C..

She received her B.A. from Villanova University and her J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law.