Carla Katz

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Carla A. Katz (born 1959) served as president of Local 1034 of the Communications Workers of America from 1999 until 2008, representing 16,000 public and private sector workers in the state of New Jersey. Katz is currently full-time faculty at Rutgers University and an attorney with the firm of Cohen, Placitella and Roth in Red Bank, New Jersey.


Katz was born[where?] to Arnold and Angelina Katz and was raised in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey[1] before moving with her family to Edgewater Park, Burlington County, New Jersey.[2] Her father worked as a factory laborer in Paterson before getting a sales job in Burlington County, where he later served as mayor of Edgewater Park Township in 1982 and 1983.[3][4]

Katz attended Burlington County College and graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in labor studies in 1981.[5] In 1995, she received a master's degree from Rutgers in labor and employment relations. A year after graduating from Rutgers, she started as an organizer for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and rose through the ranks to become president of Local 1034 in 1999. Local 1034 was CWA's largest local union in the country with more than 16,000 members in both the public and private sector. Katz served as a Commissioner of the Public Employment Relations Commission for five years on an appointment by Governor Donald DiFrancesco.

Katz enrolled at Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004[5] and graduated with a juris doctor four years later.[6][7]

She has been a visiting part-time lecturer at Rutgers and contributes to the "NJ Voices" blog on[8] In May 2009, the radio station WKXW (101.5 FM) announced that Katz would join the afternoon drive show "The Jersey Guys" in a series of appearances.[9]

In March 2010, Katz joined the Livingston, New Jersey law firm Fox & Fox LLP. She was "of counsel" to the firm, specializing in labor law.[10][11]

Katz has two children, Montana and Cooper McKim, with her ex-husband Larry McKim, a New Jersey artist.[12][5][13][14][1][15][16]

Relationship with Jon Corzine[edit]

Katz first met Jon Corzine in the spring of 1999, when he was running for the United State Senate. As Katz later recalled, Corzine offered her a job on his Senate campaign, but she declined the job offer.[17] Corzine and Katz were soon dating, appearing in public as a couple in early 2002, shortly after Corzine's separation from his wife Joanne. (The Corzines divorced the following year.) Katz and Corzine lived together in Hoboken from April 2002 until their breakup in August 2004.[18]

Corzine gave Katz a $470,000 mortgage for her home in Alexandria Township, New Jersey, which he later forgave.[19]

Corzine was sworn in as governor in January 2006 and maintained a close friendship with Katz. A state ethics panel, responding to a complaint from Republican Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan, ruled in May 2007 that Katz's personal contact with Corzine during labor negotiations did not violate the governor's code of conduct.[18] Separately, New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Tom Wilson filed a lawsuit to release all e-mail correspondence between Corzine and Katz during the contract negotiations. On May 30, 2008, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Paul Innes ruled that at least 745 pages of e-mail records should be made public, but Corzine's lawyers immediately appealed the decision.[20][21]

Corzine won his case on appeal, and on March 18, 2009, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that it would not hear arguments in the case, effectively ending the legal battle to make his e-mails with Katz public.[22]


  1. ^ a b "Katz: I have "nothing on" Corzine |". 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ Stilwell, Eileen. "Katz talks of roots as organizer", Courier-Post, June 6, 2008. Accessed February 3, 2013. "Carla Katz charmed a roomful of professional women Thursday as guest speaker at a business forum with tales of how a little girl from Edgewater Park whose dad was mayor for nearly a decade became a tough union leader."
  3. ^ "Out of a shadow: Union boss talks about her life and career, but not Jon Corzine", The Star-Ledger, September 4, 2005.
  4. ^ "South Jersey Deaths", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 23, 1991.
  5. ^ a b c Kocieniewski, David; Kovaleski, Serge F. (2007-05-23). "Romance Over, Union Chief Has Corzine’s Number". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Carla Katz is removed as president of state-worker union". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Carla Katz: About the Author". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Carla Katz to join 'Jersey Guys' radio show on 101.5". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Carla Katz joins N.J. law firm; Amato teams up with Genova". PolitickerNJ. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  11. ^ "Carla Katz". Fox & Fox LLP. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  12. ^ "Christie's Prejudice Comes Out |". 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  13. ^ "The secret that left a union divided Carla Katz's condo - in the building where Gov. Corzine lives - has CWA rivals questioning her tough talk. -". 2007-03-25. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  14. ^ "Times: Corzine Gave Ex-Girlfriend $6M". CBS News. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  15. ^ "The Jon Corzine, Carla Katz forbidden e-mails full text Part 7: Statement sought elicits response |". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  16. ^ Kocieniewski, David (2005-08-04). "Corzine Gave $470,000 Loan to Head of Union". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  17. ^ Adams, Cindy. "Jon's Ex Tells All", New York Post, June 6, 2007. Accessed May 31, 2008.
  18. ^ a b Kocieniewski, David; Kovaleski, Serge F. (2007-05-23). "Romance Over, Union Chief Has Corzine's Number". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ Kocieniewski, David. "G.O.P. Wants More Details Of Corzine Aid", The New York Times, August 5, 2005. Accessed May 29, 2003. "Senator Jon S. Corzine forgave a $470,000 mortgage on this house in Alexandria Township, N.J., owned by Carla Katz."
  20. ^ "Judge Rules That E-Mail by Corzine Is Public". The New York Times. 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  21. ^ "Opinion of Judge Innes in Wilson v. Brown" (PDF). New Jersey Superior Court. May 29, 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-26. Docket No. MER-L-1297-07 
  22. ^ "Corzine-Katz e-mails will remain private after N.J. Supreme Court ruling". The Star-Ledger. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2010-08-03.