Robert A. Romano was sworn in as Acting State Treasurer on July 6, 2015.
From 2010 until July of 2015, he served as Deputy State Treasurer, providing senior-level assistance to former State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff in the management and operation of all aspects of the Department of the Treasury’s activities. He advised the State Treasurer regularly on issues relating to procurement, pensions and benefits, property management, public finance, investor disclosure information, unclaimed property and the N.J. Lottery.
He also supervised the work of several Division Directors, including the directors of procurement, budget and accounting and investments. He represented the State Treasurer on the boards of the N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority, the State House Commission, the State Leasing and Space Utilization Committee and the Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning. He also acted as Treasury’s liaison with the Division of Law.
From 2004-2010, Mr. Romano served as Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Financial Affairs. As practice group leader – assisted by two assistant attorneys general – he supervised the work of four sections within the Division: Treasury; Transportation, Construction and Condemnation; Banking and Insurance; and Debt Recovery. He provided advice to clients, including the Governor’s Office, relating to the implementation of novel, complex financing transactions. He also provided counsel on matters relating to public finance, investments, the appropriations act, State contracting and federal tax and securities laws issues.
Mr. Romano also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Division of Law from 2000 to 2003. Within the administrative advice unit, he reviewed advice to client agencies, including formal opinions and informal advice. He also advised various Treasury clients, including public finance, investments, pensions and benefits and budget. He also supervised charitable trust work and hospital merger transactions.
He was a Deputy Attorney General Section Chief from 1995 to 2000, supervising over 40 attorneys with responsibility for representation of Treasury divisions and various independent authorities. He directly advised Treasury on public finance and budgetary matters. He also was a Deputy Attorney General from 1990 to 1994, representing the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Environmental Infrastructure Trust and the Department of the Treasury, including its public finance unit.
Mr. Romano is a member of the bars in New York and New Jersey. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers Law School in Newark – graduating with honors. He earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Rutgers College in New Brunswick.