Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.

Murphy delivered the news Tuesday as he unveiled his picks to lead higher education, motor vehicle and civil service agencies.

He says New Jersey is among the most diverse states in the country and it's important state government reflect that.

Zakiya Smith Ellis, a former White House education adviser under Barack Obama, was named higher education secretary. Sue Fulton, named to the U.S. Military Academy's Board of Visitors by Obama, will serve as motor vehicle commissioner. Deirdre Webster Cobb, currently an official in the state Treasury, will head the civil service commission.

The appointments are pending state Senate approval.