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Official: NJ Health Commissioner To Resign

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Marc Larkins, right, look on as Health Commissioner Poonam Alaigh, 45, answers a question in Trenton, N.J., after Christie announced her nomination to head the department.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Marc Larkins, right, look on as Health Commissioner Poonam Alaigh, 45, answers a question in Trenton, N.J., after Christie announced her nomination to head the department. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An official in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration said New Jersey’s Health commissioner will announce Friday that she’ll step down.

The official, who was not authorized to speak ahead of the announcement and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Poonam Alaigh will submit her resignation to the governor. No reason was immediately given.

Alaigh’s department has been caught up in disputed policy decisions such as trying to implement a medical marijuana law and cutting funding for women’s health clinics.

Democrats also have criticized Alaigh’s decision to delay implementing a law requiring restaurants to display calorie counts on menus.

The 46-year-old Warren resident is an internist specializing in vascular disease. She was executive director of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey before joining the administration.

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