Virginia S. Bauer, a widow of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center who became a champion for families of the victims and later headed New Jersey’s state lottery and commerce departments, has remarried, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The paper reports that Bauer, of Red Bank, wed U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Donald H. Steckroth in a ceremony held Saturday at Georgian Court College.

Bauer, 51, grew up in Middletown and was a Rumson resident when her first husband, David Bauer, died in the terror attacks. They had three children.

Bauer is credited for having led a successful effort to win federal tax benefits for the families of the victims. In 2003, then-Gov. Jim McGreevey appointed her to head the state lottery, and 15 months later he tapped her to head the Commerce Department.

Two months ago, Bauer left state government to become an executive at Mack-Cali Realty Corp., a large developer of office and commercial properties.

Four years ago, Bauer moved to Red Bank, where she still owns a home, according to Monmouth County property records.

Steckroth is 60 and a widower, according to the Times. He works out of the federal courthouse in Newark.

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