- Wednesday marked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's historic appointment of Martin Perez, an attorney and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, as the only current Hispanic member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, and only the second in the school's history.
- Christie originally nominated Perez, a graduate of Rutgers' law school, for the position in May 2011, but filed a direct appointment following a stalled Senate confirmation.
- Perez's appointment takes effect in July, and spokesman E.J. Miranda says the board "look(s) forward to his advice and counsel as we transition into a larger, more comprehensive research university."
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NEW BRUNSWICK — Gov. Chris Christie made history on Wednesday when he appointed the only current Hispanic member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors and only the second in its history. Martin Perez, a city-based attorney and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, had been nominated May 12, 2011. After a stalled Senate confirmation, Christie filed one of two direct appointments to the board afforded him under the higher education reorganization law that merged Rutgers with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. ...