The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has two new leaders this week as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to make changes across state government. Now leading the Trenton-based EDA as its chief executive officer is Tim Sullivan, a Bergen County native who most recently served as the deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. The EDA's 16-member board confirmed Murphy's appointment of Sullivan on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the EDA board itself also has a new leader, as eight-year member Laurence Downes was designated by Murphy yesterday to serve as the board’s chairman. Downes is the chair and CEO of New Jersey Resources, and its main subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas. He's served as vice chair of the EDA board since 2016.

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