Christie Picks Former Administration Insider Turned Lobbyist From Point Beach for Turnpike Authority Seat

TRENTON – Governor Chris Christie has nominated Louis Goetting of Point Pleasant Beach to serve on the board of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Goetting’s appointment follows protestations from area municipal, state & county politicians about a lack of Ocean County representation on the board that oversees the state’s toll roads.

Lou Goetting

Gov. Christie

After numerous calls from Ocean County elected officials to get representation on the board of the Turnpike Authority, Governor Christie has selected Goetting, an Ocean County resident and former administration insider, for the job.

Nominee is a Former Christie Admin. Official, Connected to Lobbying Firm That Represented Exxon

According to his LinkedIn profile, Goetting (pronounced getting) is a resident of Point Pleasant Beach and previously served in two high level Christie administration positions. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Governor Christie’s cabinet secretary, a role that saw him coordinate cabinet departments within the governor’s office. Following that role, he served as Christie’s deputy chief of staff from 2012 to 2014.

Goetting has since been the principal of consulting firm NJ Advisors. In his own words, Goetting describes his role with that firm as “Delivering public policy and management assistance to select clients relying on over forty years of executive level service in municipalities, institutions of higher education and state government.”

After he departed the Christie administration, Goetting and his consulting firm partnered with lobbying firm Public Strategies Impact, LLC. in an “exclusive strategic partnership.” The firm Goetting partnered with also represented Exxon, as the International Business Times reported in 2015, at the height of the controversial settlement over that company’s pollution case, citing among other things, campaign contributions made by Exxon to the Republican Governor’s Association.

Critics of the Christie administration’s handling of the Exxon settlement questioned why the state settled for the comparably paltry sum of $225 million when the original lawsuit sought damages in the billions.

Legal “Triple Dipping”

Goetting, for his part, has been identified as a so-called “triple-dipper” in past reports about his numerous public sector positions. While he was writing for New Jersey Watchdoginvestigative journalist Mark Lagerkvist wrote that Goetting pocketed over $1 million in public severance payouts and retirement deals after leaving the Christie Administration.

“So far, Goetting has legally triple-dipped roughly $1.1 million from public coffers,” Lagerkvist wrote. “He has collected $734,000 in early retirement checks from the state in addition to $370,000 in payouts from Brookdale and UMDNJ.  And that doesn’t count his pay from the governor’s office.”

Goetting By

At least three Ocean County politicians were pleased with Governor Christie’s nomination of Goetting. State Senator Chris Connors (R-Forked River) and the 9th district’s Brian Rumpf & Diane Gove issued a statement in support of Goetting’s nomination.

“While we would have preferred that a local area resident have been nominated years ago, certainly our Delegation is pleased with Mr. Goetting’s nomination to the Turnpike Authority Board,” the legislators said in a joint statement. “That said, we are confident that Mr. Goetting understands our area’s need for a strong voice and will act in the best interest of local commuters.”

In recent months, the LD9 delegation has pursued state legislation to require South Jersey representation on the Turnpike Authority, which has traditionally been dominated by North Jersey interests.

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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7 Responses

  1. Im Trump the 25 mil fraud says:

    Gov Fat boy just added to the swamp

  2. Mac says:

    No wonder South Jersey doesn’t have any representation in NJ. Apparently, Central Jersey is where the heart of South Jersey throbs in the eyes of one of the top three NJ ‘hidden governments’ of public corruption that pays its employees as though they were lottery winners. And now South Jersey is subject to the leadership of community standards that have most successfully wholly captured the crowd that ran Coney Island and Palisades Park into the ground, thus upstaging Seaside Heights in its pursuit of sub-standard quality of life satisfactions. All in all, I’d say South Jersey lucked out with zero representation in this matter given the current leadership of NJ.

  3. tr says:

    Now, maybe we will finally get that elevated Monorail Light Train System right down the middle of the Garden State Parkway right of way that has already been paid for with taxpayer money and already legally owned by the taxpayers through eminent domain laws. Paid parking lots at the exits supporting the mass transit system for work days and unused school buses taking people to our beachs on the weekends. Just another of my crazy opinions!

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud says:

      You build high rise parking at the rest stops and only stop there bring it up to metro park would boost property values with a quick commute however makes too much sense so it wont happen

    • Mac says:

      Love your crazy opinions. However, in a home-rule state, even though a well-regulated public transportation system would be a Godsend for our commuters, it also makes it harder to keep people out of the community that home-rule was created for to keep certain people out of the community.

      • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud says:

        Pimeys and the certain folks whats the difference?
        The Hasidic are taking over anyway
        Pineys united don’t pay your taxes claim your home is a temple it works in Lakewood

  4. Mustang Sally says:

    1.1 Million + per year from Taxpayers. Another Lobbyist with the Taxpayer checkbook. btw Didn’t the NJTA just hire the Point Pleasant Beach HR Director? Another (will be) double dipper!

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