Asbury Park Superintendent Lamont Repollet, a former principal of Carteret High School, will serve as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, if Governor-elect Phil Murphy has his way.
Murphy this morning will nominate Repollet for the job, ending weeks of head scratching and delicate political maneuvering amid lingering political irritations between Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
Sweeney was bothered during the 2017 campaign cycle by Murphy’s resistance to reining in the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) as the powerful teachers’ union tried to blast Sweeney out of office.
Soruces say Sweeney didn’t want an NJEA functionary in the office of Education.
Repollet is a Carteret native who serves on the board of trustees for Kean University, Far Hills Country Day School and Newark Educators Community Charter School.
According to this Asbury Park Press report, the Department of Education Commissioner hopeful “himself had a transient childhood where he moved around to different public housing communities, lived off public assistance and watched his parents battle with unemployment.”