State Sen. Chris Brown said Monday he is recommending former Atlantic City Assistant Tax Collector Linda Steele be appointed to the board of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
If nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy and confirmed by the state Senate, Steele will become just the third black woman to serve on the CRDA board in its history.
“At a time when government seems out of touch with real people, I think nominating a tough, independent, churchgoing grandmother to the CRDA will be a breathe of fresh air,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s easy to support Linda. She was born here, worked here, volunteers here, and raised her family here.”
Steele, 71, is a member of the Atlantic City NAACP, Jack & Jill of America and Beacon Evangelical Free Church. She now lives in Galloway Township.
Charles Goodman, a member of the Atlantic City NAACP who supported Brown in his campaign, said Steele is the best choice because she represents the Atlantic City and Atlantic County community.
“The community deserves a voice on that board, considering it affects development in our area,” Goodman said. “She’s for the citizens of South Jersey, and she will make sure that monies meant for South Jersey will stay in South Jersey.”
There are 17 members of the CRDA board, including several appointed by the governor. State senators are generally given “senatorial courtesy” when they recommend a candidate, meaning the governor usually nominates their choice.
If confirmed, Steele will take the place of Edward Gant, whose term expired this month.
Steele said she would be honored to serve on the board.
“I could move to another state like other retirees, but I choose to stay in Atlantic County because I work hard as a volunteer to make our communities better and want to see our county succeed,” Steele said in a statement. “I think with my experience, I can help our local families succeed by serving on the CRDA, so I am grateful Senator Brown agreed to support my request to the Murphy Administration for an appointment to the CRDA.”