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RELEASE: June 11, 2010

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Martinez Confirmed as New Motor Vehicle Chief
Former NYDMV Commissioner’s experience critical to MVC progress

(TRENTON) – Monmouth County resident Raymond P. Martinez was confirmed yesterday by the New Jersey State Senate to join the cabinet of Governor Chris Christie as the Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Martinez is the 22nd individual to lead the motor vehicle organization in its more than 100-year history.

“This is a very challenging time to lead the MVC as we strive to continue our customer service and security improvements while remaining a fiscally responsible and stable organization,” said Martinez. “I am grateful for the support and confidence of Governor Christie and the members of the State Senate as we continue the MVC’s effort to efficiently and effectively serve New Jersey’s motoring public.”

Nominated by Governor Christie on February 1, 2010, Martinez will manage a state agency that generates more than $1 billion annually and is charged with the licensing of nearly six million drivers and the titling, registration and inspection of more than 4.9 million vehicles. The agency operates 71 facilities statewide and maintains over 25 million customer contacts each year. He will also serve as the Chairman of the MVC Board, a policy-making body comprised of government and public members.

Martinez joins the MVC during a period of great improvement with many critical projects underway such as the overhaul of its 30-year-old core computer system, modernization of the driver testing system and development of the next generation of Digital Driver License (DDL).

In the months since he assumed the role of Acting Chief Administrator, Martinez has maintained a busy schedule, including overseeing the opening of the MVC’s first modernized agency in Middlesex County, highlighting new seatbelt and pedestrian safety laws, meeting with stakeholders and partners and preparing a fiscally responsible budget for the coming year.

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Having previously served from 2000 to 2005 as Commissioner for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles under Governor George Pataki, Martinez brings a wealth of motor vehicle experience and knowledge to the MVC. At the NYDMV he oversaw an organization that serves more than 20 million customers and generates over $1 billion annually in revenue.

In his capacity as Commissioner, Mr. Martinez also held the position of Chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, administering federal funding for state and local highway safety projects. During his tenure as Commissioner, Martinez was also a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and served as President of its Region I Board and as a member of its International Board in 2005.

Prior to his nomination by Governor Christie, Mr. Martinez was most recently the Deputy U.S. Chief of Protocol and Diplomatic Affairs for the U.S. Department of State and the White House.

Additionally, Mr. Martinez served as Assistant General Counsel for the Long Island Power Authority, one of the largest public utilities in the nation, and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General, as Deputy Director for Scheduling and Advance at the White House for First Lady Nancy Reagan and as a Special Assistant at the New York Regional Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mr. Martinez received his BA from Long Island University/C.W. Post College in Brookville, New York and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law.