Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has named Thomas F. Palmieiri to head the state’s Casino Reinvestment Authority Board. He replaces including interim executive director Susan Ney Thompson who will stay on as deputy director and report to him.

Palmieri, a native of Hoboken, N.J., has three decades of top-level economic redevelopment stints at Boston, Providence, Charlotte and Hartford on his resume. In his career he has also dealt with high-profile political personalities such as Mayors Thomas Menino (Boston) and Buddy Cianci (Providence), which, some observers feel, will be an asset in his work for Gov. Christie. Palmieri will assume control of an agency whose powers were expanded in April to include planning and zoning authority over the newly created Atlantic City Tourism District. He starts work Oct. 3.

"John's 30 years of experience in planning and development spanning three major cities in America gives us the best chance to do what need to be done," said Christie, announcing the hire today at Boardwalk Hall. “This administration is deeply committed to making greater progress on the reform agenda we’ve laid out to turn around Atlantic City’s gaming and tourism economy. Every day we are making progress to secure the growth, investment and success of Atlantic City’s gaming and tourism industries and I am pleased that John Palmieri will be there to provide leadership in that effort.”