Comcast poaches Jersey Consumer Affairs chief

Steve Lee has led the New Jersey agency since 2014 and began talking to Comcast several months ago. (Attorney General's Office)

The director of the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs is joining Comcast as a deputy general counsel, the state’s Attorney General’s Office announced.

Comcast didn’t immediately respond to inquiries for comment. 

Lee has led the New Jersey agency since 2014. He began talking to Comcast about the job several months ago, the statement said. Lee was a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York before joining the New Jersey Consumer Affairs Department.

He is apparently leaving on good terms. 

“Steve Lee has served the Division of Consumer Affairs with an unwavering commitment to protecting New Jersey consumers from fraud and professional misconduct in the marketplace” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino, in a statement. “Under his leadership, the Division has created programs and launched initiatives that will benefit the public long after his tenure here. I am deeply grateful for his service.”

Lee will officially leave the agency and join Comcast on September 5. It’s unclear as to where he will be based and who he’ll directly report to at Comcast. 

Porrino named Consumer Affairs Department Deputy Director Sharon Joyce acting director.

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