Nurse Who Exposed Problems At State’s Only Public Hospital Will Be N.J.’s Next Top Health Official, Sources Say

New Jersey’s top health official is a registered nurse with vast experience running hospitals, and until recently helped the state’s only public hospital gain its footing after a series of management and fiscal problems triggered its CEO’s ouster, two sources have told NJ Advance Media.

Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce Judith Persichilli as the next health commissioner and a member of his cabinet. She would be the first nurse to hold the job that includes licensing and inspecting hospitals and nursing homes, responding to public health emergencies and running the medicinal marijuana program.

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