Biden appoints NJ MVC chief as Deputy Defense Secretary

The chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is awaiting promotion.

President Biden appointed Sue Fulton as the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs on Friday.

Fulton, who is gay, is said to be among several LGBTQ appointments within the Biden administration, who has also appointed a retired transgender navy commander as Assistant Secretary of Defense for readiness.

Fulton was among the first class from West Point to graduate with a female diploma. She retired as an army captain and was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011 to the visiting board of the US Military Academy at West Point.

Fulton served as the head of the MVC during one of its most difficult times as the pandemic forced its offices to close and created months of backlog, which the MVC hacked into adding more online services.

Fulton also chaired changes to make the MVC more inclusive for LGBTQ people. Last week, the agency announced it would add a gender “X” option for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female on their driver’s license or ID. Last year, following the passing of a state law, the MVC began allowing people to change their male or female designation on their license.

The MVC is also expected to start issuing driver’s licenses next month to state residents who are in the country illegally.

Murphy called Biden’s appointment a “formidable choice” on Friday.

“Our nation needs leaders who understand our global challenges and who have the skills to empower and inspire our men and women in uniform,” Murphy said in a written statement. “Sue has been a pioneer since her days as part of West Point First Class to include women and, as a member of my cabinet, I have relied on her clear, calm and flexible approach to meeting the needs of million New Jerseyans during one of the most difficult times in their memory. I know she will be the skilled partner President Biden needs to work alongside Secretary Austin in the Pentagon. “

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