Robert Asaro-Angelo

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Robert Asaro-Angelo
Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Assumed office
GovernorPhil Murphy
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Alma mater

Robert Asaro-Angelo is an American labor leader and commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.[1]


Asaro-Angelo was raised in a union family and is a son of a longtime Atlantic City labor organizer. From 2010 until 2017, he was Eastern Regional Representative for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he managed the department's regional activities and coordinated federal efforts on the regional, state and local levels. He also served on intergovernmental work groups such as the White House Hurricane Sandy Task Force, White House Task Force on Puerto Rico, Regional U.S. Interagency Councils on Homeless and FEMA's Recovery Support Function Leadership Group.[2]

He also has worked for the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), AFSCME, and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. He served as executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee in 2008, during the transition of Bush to Obama, when Senator Joe Cryan served as state party chairman.[2]

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.[2]

In January 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy nominated Asaro-Angelo for Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. He was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on March 26, 2018, on a 38–0 vote.[1]

Asaro-Angelo lives in East Brunswick, New Jersey.


  1. ^ a b "Senate confirms new labor commissioner". 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  2. ^ a b c Pizarro, Max (January 9, 2018). "Murphy's Pick for Labor: Asaro-Angelo, Former ED of NJ Democratic Party Who Went to Obama World". InsiderNJ. Retrieved 14 January 2018.