#8 Mary O’Dowd N.J. Department of Health, Commissioner
The ACA’s impact on all things health care is enormous. As the state’s health commissioner, O’Dowd has to oversee all of this — along with a staff of more than a thousand and a budget of nearly $2 billion. “She has to oversee so many things,” said one insider, “that she has an enormous amount of influence.” A member of NJBIZ’s 40 Under 40 list last fall, she is one half of a New Jersey power couple: Her husband, Kevin, is Christie’s chief of staff and the governor’s pick to be the next attorney general.
N.J. Department of Health
Last Year's Rank: 41