Blum to Serve as COS for Collazos-Gill

Assemblywoman-elect Alixon Collazos-Gill, who was elected this month to her first term representing New Jersey’s 27th District in the New Jersey State Assembly, is proud to announce Max Blum as her Chief of Staff; Alexandria (Alex) Butler Lopez as her Legislative Aide and Director of Constituent Services, and Gay Overbey-Cole as Community Relations Liaison.

Max Blum began his career in New Jersey politics in 2016, as an intern for Governor Phil Murphy’s first gubernatorial campaign. He has since held leadership roles on campaigns in Somerset, Morris, Bergen, and Essex Counties. He is currently serving as Chief of Staff for retiring Senator Richard J. Codey, a role he will continue through the end of Senator Codey’s tenure in January.

“I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my career,” Blum said. “I am incredibly grateful to Governor Codey for the opportunity to work in the legislature. I am excited to take what I have learned from him and bring these skills to the Assemblywoman’s office. Alixon and her husband, Commissioner Brendan Gill, are both extraordinary people with a deep background in government and service.”

“I’m very excited to have Max aboard as my Chief of Staff,” said Collazos-Gill. “I have known Max since his early days in his career in New Jersey politics as a hardworking intern on Governor Murphy’s campaign. He has proven over the last year that he has what it takes to successfully navigate the statehouse and pass legislation that improves the lives of New Jerseyans.”

Alex Butler recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in international relations and public policy and has been serving as an intern for the Collazos-Gill since her election. Alex lives in West Milford in Passaic County, where she was raised.

Gay Overbey-Cole, a life-long Montclair resident, is a community activist with vast knowledge and experience, who served as an aide to the late Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver during Oliver’s tenure in the Assembly.

“Max, Alex and Gay will bring a wide variety of experience, compassion and urgency to my office the moment I am sworn in on January 9th,” Collazos-Gill said . “They are ready to serve the residents of the 27th District.”

Alixon Collazos-Gill lives in Montclair with her husband, Commissioner Brendan Gill and their two children. Upon taking office in January, Alixon will be the first Colombian born latina to be sworn into the New Jersey Legislature. The new 27th Legislative District includes Livingston, Millburn, Montclair, Roseland, and West Orange in Essex County, and Clifton in Passaic County

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