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Women Will Be Majority in New Jersey Cabinet for First Time in State's History

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    Women Will Be Majority in New Jersey Cabinet for First Time in State's History
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    NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 19: Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey , speaks at a rally on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was later joined by former President Barack Obama This is Obama's first return to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.

    Murphy delivered the news Tuesday as he unveiled his picks to lead higher education, motor vehicle and civil service agencies.

    He says New Jersey is among the most diverse states in the country and it's important state government reflect that.

    Zakiya Smith Ellis, a former White House education adviser under Barack Obama, was named higher education secretary. Sue Fulton, named to the U.S. Military Academy's Board of Visitors by Obama, will serve as motor vehicle commissioner. Deirdre Webster Cobb, currently an official in the state Treasury, will head the civil service commission.

    The appointments are pending state Senate approval.