Organization  |  CHRIS CHRISTIE page  

Chris Christie for President, Inc.

(page updated revised March 13, 2016

announced June 30, 2015
headquarters: Morristown, NJ
see also:
pre-campaign organization
  |  pro-Christie super PAC.

Campaign Manager  Ken McKay

(reported by The Washington Post on July 3, 2015)  Co-founder (Dec. 2014) and partner at McKay-Gitcho Strategies.  Political director at the RGA in the 2014 cycle (while Christie was chairman).  Chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, March-Nov. 2011.  Chief of staff at the RNC from March 2009-April 2010.  Attorney in private practice and earlier at Brown Rudnick.  Managed Don Carcieri's successful campaigns for governor of Rhode Island in 2002 and 2006; served on the transition team for Gov.-elect Carcieri and as his chief of staff for his first 3 1/2 years in office.  J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law.  Served in the U.S. Army infantry for three years.  twitter

Chief Messaging Officer  Maria Comella

(from the week of June 15, 2015; reported by The Record on June 11)  Moved over from the Governor's Office where she served as deputy chief of staff for communications and planning from Jan. 2010.  Director of communications on Christie for Governor from June 2009.  Deputy director of communications on the Rudy Giuliani campaign, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Communications director for Rep. Jim Nussle's gubernatorial campaign in Iowa, May 2005-Nov. 2006.  New Hampshire communications director for Bush-Cheney '04, Jan.-Nov. 2004.  Worked for The Winston Group, a survey research firm in Washington, DC.  Deputy director of operations on Gov. George Pataki's (R-NY) 2002 re-election campaign.  M.A. in health care policy from New York University, 2014; B.A. in international affairs from the Elliot School at The George Washington University, 2003.  twitter

General Counsel  Bill Palatucci

Friend and confidant to Christie; was his law partner.  Attorney, currently special counsel at Gibbons P.C..  Member of the Republican National Committee since 2010.  Palatucci started at Dughi & Hewit, P.C. in 1993, founded the firm's government affairs practice, and became a partner at the renamed Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci in 2001.  Chairman of Christie's 2013 re-election campaign.  Finance chairman of the New Jersey GOP in early 2000s.  Senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaign in New Jersey, 1999-2000.  Principal consultant on Christine Todd Whitman's 1990 campaign for U.S. Senate.  New Jersey campaign director for George H.W. Bush's campaigns in 1992 and 1988.  Director of Gov. Tom Kean's 1985 re-election campaign.  Worked ont eh 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign.  Started in politics on Tom Kean's 1981 campaign for governor.  J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, 1989.  B.A. from Rutgers.  Grew up in Haskell.  See: Eliana Johnson.  Christie's Right Hand." National Review, Dec. 16, 2013.

Senior Strategist  Mike DuHaime

One of the partners at Mercury Public Affairs; heads Mercury’s New Jersey and Pennsylvania public affairs operations.  Lead strategist on Gov. Christie's 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial election campaigns.  Headed the NRSC’s independent expenditure efforts in 2010 and 2012.  Political director at the RNC, started in January 2005.  Northeast regional political director for Bush-Cheney '04.  Executive director of the New Jersey Republican Party starting in January 2002.  Had his own political consulting firm, DuHaime Communications, Inc., which he formed in 2001.  Deputy campaign manager on Bob Franks' 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Campaign manager on Assemblyman Anthony Bucco's successful campaign for state Senate in 1997, ousting the Democrat incumbent.  B.A. in journalism and political science from Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1995.  DuHaime comes from a political family; his father served as Passaic County Freeholder and ran for U.S. Senate in 1996 and his mother served as mayor of Bloomingdale.  twitter


Political Director  James Garcia

(reported by AP on Jan. 26, 2015)  Colorado state director on Romney for President in the general election after serving as the campaign's national field director during the primaries.  Executive director of the Colorado Republican Party starting Aug. 2009.  Colorado Victory director from May 2008-Feb. 2009.  Regional manager for Saxby Chambliss' successful 2008 U.S. Senate runoff campaign in Georgia.  A field director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee in Iowa and Florida.  A field director on Shelley Sekula Gibbs for Congress, 2006; also assisted the Tom DeLay Congressional Committee in Sugar Land, Texas.  B.A. in political science from the University of Houston, 2006.  twitter

Political  Patrick Cody

(July 2015)  Interned at Leadership Matters for America PAC, May-July 2015.  B.A. in political science and criminal justice from Rutgers, 2015.

Political/Ballot Access Director  Sarah Neibart

(Oct. 2015)  Legal Assistant at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Dec. 2014-Oct. 2015.  Legal at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, Aug.-Dec. 2014.  B.A.. in political science and international studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014.  Political director on the Chad Lee for Congress campaign (Madison, WI), June-Nov. 2012.

Field Director  Tom Dickens

(reported by Politico on May 14, 2015)  Deputy national field director at the RNC in the 2014 cycle, from Jan. 2014.  Political director on Christie for Governor, Feb.-Dec. 2013.  RNC Victory director in Florida, June-Feb. 2013.  At the Republican Party of Wisconsin from June 2010-June 2012: RPW political director and Victory director (March 2011-June 2012), statewide field director (March 2010-March 2011) and deputy Victory director and absentee ballot/early vote director (July-Nov. 2010).  A regional director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, Dec. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Field director for Maine Republican Party/Victory 2008 in Fall 2008.  Attended the University of Maine for two years.  twitter

Politicial/Field  Bill Dunne

(reported by The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2016)  Political director (from June 2015), statewide field director (Aug. 2014-May 2015), deputy political director (Jan.-July 2014) and staff assistant (April 2013-Jan. 2014) at the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  Expenditure process owner at ConvaTec, May 2011-July 2012.  B.A. in political science from Lehigh University, 2011.  [Directed signature collection efforts in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania, and worked on final push in Iowa]

Political/Field  Caroline Potter

(reported by The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2016) 


Communications Director  Samantha Smith

(reported by the New York Times on Feb. 25, 2015)  Senior manager for global communications and public affairs for Google in Washington, DC from June 2011.  Press secretary to Sen Richard Burr, Jan.-June 2011; communications director for the Richard Burr Committee, Jan.-Dec. 2010; deputy press secretary to Sen. Burr, Feb.-Dec. 2009.  Surrogate communications for the McCain campaign, May-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in communications, political science from UNC Chapel Hill, 2008.  twitter

Press Secretary  Nicole Sizemore

(reported by The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2016)  Deputy press secretary in the governor's office from April 2015.  Communications director at the New Jersey Republican Party, May 2014-April 2015.  Deputy press secretary in the U.S. House, Feb. 2013-May 2014.  Press secretary on Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate (OH), March-Nov. 2012.  Assistant communications director at the Republican Party of Iowa, Nov. 2011-Jan. 2012.  B.S. in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, 2011.  twitter

Research and Rapid Response Director  Foster Morss

Deputy communications director in the Office of the Governor, started in Sept. 2011; also research director on Chris Christie for Governor, April-Nov. 2013.  Deputy research director (April 2010-Sept. 2011) and senior research analyst (May 2009-April 2010) at the RNC.  Director of rapid response at Freedom's Watch, April-Dec. 2008.  Research projects coordinator for Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, March 2007-Jan. 2008.  B.A. in political science and government from The George Washington University, 2005.

Research and Rapid Response Deputy Director  Sarah Dolan

(reported by The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2016)  B.A. from Northeastern University, 2012.  twitter

War Room Director  David Abrams

(July 2015)  Previously war room director for the Leadership Matters for America PAC, April-June 2015.  Research analyst to Gov. Chris Christie, April 2014-April 2015.  Press secretary for the New Jersey Republican Party, Jan.-April 2014.  Press assistant on Chris Christie for Governor, June-Nov. 2013.  B.A. in political science and public relations from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2012.

Digital Director  Lauren Fritts

Digital director of communications in the Office of the Governor, started in Nov. 2011.  Produce for Hannity at Fox News Channel, June 2006-Oct. 2011.  Executive assistant to the senior vice president at Fox News Channel, June 2004-06.  B.A. in communications from Fairfield University, 2004.  twitter


Finance Director  Cam Henderson

(Jan. 26, 2015 New York Times report)  Executive director of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.  Chief of staff and director of protocol to NJ First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

Deputy Finance Director  Elise Dietsch

(June 2015)  A regional finance director at Leadership Matters for America PAC, Feb.-June 2015.  Finance director on Ed Gillespie for Senate (VA), March-Dec. 2014.  Executive director of Inaugural 2014, Inc., Christie's inaugural committee, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Deputy finance director on Chris Christie for Governor, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Comptroller for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, March 2011-Jan. 2013.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Sean P. Duffy (WI-7) Nov. 2010-March 2011.  Finance on Sean Duffy for Congress, May-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Western Regional Finance Director  Nicole Dziuban

(July 2015)  A regional finance director at Leadership Matters for America PAC, April.-June 2015. Finance director for the Colorado Republican Committee, May 2013-April 2015.  Finance director on Walsh for Congress, Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Finance assistant on Hultgren for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of Iowa, 2010.

Northeast Regional Finance Director  Loren Flath

(July 2015)  Finance director (Nov. 2012-June 2015 and finance assistant (Feb.-Nov. 2012) at at the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  Finance assistant at, Inc. Aug. 2011-Jan. 2012.  National recruitment assistant at the Republican Governors Association, Jan.-Nov. 2011.  B.A. in economics and politics from University of Virginia, 2010.

National Finance Chairman  Ray Washburne

(reported by the New York Observer on Jan. 12, 2015)  Finance chairman of the RNC in 2013-14.  Chairman/CEO of Charter Holdings, a private investment company based in Dallas, Texas that is primarily involved in the real estate and restaurant businesses.  Co-founder and co-owner of M Crowd Restaurant Group which owns the Mi Cocina and Taco Diner restaurant chains.  Worked for Austin Industries, a real estate firm, then set out on his own.  Graduate of Southern Methodist University, 1984.  See Joseph Guinto.  "The New Emperor of Highland Village."  D Magazine, Nov. 2010.

National Finance Co-Chairs: 
Steve Cohen; Stamford, CT
Tom Foley; Greenwich, CT
Jeff & Lotta Fox; St. Louis, MO
Jon F. Hanson; Far Hills, NJ
Bobbie & Bill Kilberg; McLean, VA
Ken Langone; New York, NY
Congressman Pat Meehan; PA
Chris Vincze; North Reading, MA
Finn Wentworth; Morristown, NJ
Meg Whitman; Palo Alto, CA

National Finance Leadership and Members

(all announced July 22, 2015)


Director of Data and Analytics  Hayden Stone

(reported by Politico on May 14, 2015)  A regional Victory director for the RNC in the 2014 cycle.  Political director for Colorado Republicans during the 2013 recall elections.  Colorado director of voter contact (May-Nov. 2012) and worked for the political division in Boston (from April 2011) on Romney for President.  B.A. in history and economics from Harvard University.  Ran a RNC Colorado Victory office, May-Nov. 2010.  twitter

Lead Media Consultant  Russ Schriefer

Partner at Strategic Partners & Media.  Media consultant on Christie's gubernatorial campaigns.  Senior advisor and strategist on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign.  Other experiience includes program director for the 2004 Republican National Convention, and Mid-Atlantic regional political director on Bush-Quayle '88.  Bachelor's degree in government from Manhattan College, 1980.

Media Consultant  Larry Weitzner

CEO of Jamestown Associates; has worked as a political, strategic and public policy consultant since 1990.  Part of the media team and produced direct mail for Christie's gubernatorial campaigns.

Pollster  Adam Geller

Founder and CEO of National Research Inc..  Served as pollster on Christie's 2009 and 2013 re-election campaigns.  Started out in polling in 1993.  M.A. in political science from the University of Delaware, 1993; B.A. in political science from Rutgers, 1988.  twitter

Voter Targeting Consultant  Brent Seaborn

Managing partner at TargetPoint Consulting, best known for his work in developing microtargeting; founding partner (2013) at Deep Root Analytics; founding partner (2014) at Vox Populi Polling.  Strategy director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, Feb. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Deputy director of strategy at the RNC, 2005-06.  Master's degree in political management from The George Washington University, 2001; bachelor's degree in political science from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Senior Communications Consultant  Brian Jones

(reported as an advisor by AP's Jill Colvin on March 12, 2015)  Partner with the Black Rock Group from Jan. 2011.  A top advisor for the Romney for President campaign from Dec. 2011 assisting with communications and strategy and also serving as the campaign’s primary liaison to the RNC. Previously a managing director at Mercury Public Affairs overseeing their strategic communications practice and running their California operation in Sacramento. Communications director on the McCain campaign, Dec. 2006-July 2007.  Communications director at the RNC from Jan. 25, 2005.  Senior communications advisor on Bush-Cheney '04.  Vice President for Polling and Advertising of Mercury Public Affairs.  Research director for the NRCC.  Research director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.  Master's degree from University of Washington in Seattle; undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Direct Mail Consultant Kevin Shuvalov

(reported as an advisor by AP's Jill Colvin on March 12, 2015)  Co-founder (2011) and principal at Mammoth Marketing Group, based in Texas.  Owner at Olsen & Shuvalov, 2005-11.  Southwestern regional political director at the RNC in the 2004 cycle.  Western states regional political director on George W. Bush's 2000 campaign, started March 1999.  Special assistant at Karl Rove + Company, 1996-99.  B.S. in political science from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX.

Telemarketing Consultant  Cary Evans

(reported as an advisor by AP's Jill Colvin on March 12, 2015)  Partner at West Meridian LLC from March 2007.  Senior field advisor on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, 2007-08.  Western regional political director at the RNC, 2005-07.  Regional political director on Bush-Cheney '04, June 2003-Dec. 2004.  Deputy campaign manager on Gordon Smith for U.S. Senate, 2000-02.  Victory Director for Bush-Cheney 2000 in Oregon.  Executive director of the Washington State Republican Party, 1998-2000.  Legislative counsel at Roger Honberger Associates, Inc. 1997.  Staff counsel in the Washington State Senate, 1996.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Barbara Vucanovich, 1991-92.  J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, 1995; M.P.P. from Georgetown University, 1988; B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College, 1985.


Headquarters: 5525 Merle Hay Rd. #185, Johnston  50131    ...Gov. Christie at grand opening on afternoon of Nov. 13, 2015

State Chair  Speaker Kraig Paulsen

(endorsed Aug. 21, 2015 op-ed in the Des Moines Register) - elected to the House in 2002 representing District 67 (Cedar Rapids area); Speaker from Jan. 2011-Jan. 2016.

State Director  Phil Valenziano

(Jan. 26, 2015 New York Times report)  Field staffer on Romney's Iowa caucus campaign, then worked on field in South Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri; and in the fall (from May 2012) was New Hampshire state manager.  Pror to joining the Romey campaign Valenziano worked as a legislative clerk in the Iowa House.  Victory field director in Cedar Rapids for the Republican Party of Iowa.  Graduate of Catholic University of America.  New Jersey native.  twitter

Political Director  Kevin Poindexter

(reported by DMR's Jennifer Jacobs on April 20, 2015)  Iowa state director for the RNC from July 2014.  Political director on Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate (MN), Dec. 2013-July 2014.  Did communications for the New Jersey Republican Party, July-Dec. 2013.  Legislative assistant to Minnesota state Sen. Bill Weber (SD-22), April-June 2013.  Chief of staff/legislative assistant to Virginia Delegate Margaret Ransone (99th District), Dec. 2012-April 2013.  Special operations manager on Romney for President in Wisconsin, July-Nov. 2012.  Legilslative assistant with the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota Hous, Jan. 2011-July 2012.  Interned on Emmer for Governor, June-Dec. 2010.  B.A. in political science and management from St. John's University in St. Cloud, Minn., 2010.  twitter

Senior Advisor Jeff Boeyink

(reported by NJ Advance Media on Jan. 29, 2015 as having "volunteered to Governor Christie that I will do whatever he needs here in Iowa.")  Senior vice president at LS2group from Sept. 2013.  Chief of state to Gov. Terry Branstad, Jan. 2011-Sept. 2013.  Campaign manager on the Branstad 2010 Committee, Oct. 2009-Nov. 2010, then co-chair of the transition.  Executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa to Oct. 2009.  Has also worked as an association manager, PAC director, major donor fund-raiser, and long-time lobbyist at the Iowa State Capitol.  M.P.A. from Iowa State University, 1987; undergraduate degree from Central College in Pella.

Senior Advisor  Jake Ketzner

(reported by DMR's Jennifer Jacobs on Sept. 10, 2015)  Just announced (Aug. 25) as a vice president at LS2 Group.  Legislative liaison to Gov. Branstad, Dec. 2014-Aug. 2015.  Campaign manager for Branstad-Reynolds' 2014 re-election.  Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Steve King's 2012 re-election.  Worked in Gov. Branstad's office.  Organization director on the Branstad-Reynolds campaign in 2010.  Worked for the McCain campaign in Missouri in Fall 2008.  B.A in political science from University of Iowa, 2008.  twitter

Members of 2011 Iowa Draft Team
(announced Sept. 29, 2015)  On May 31, 2011 a group of Iowans led by Bruce Rastetter made a trip to New Jersey to try to persuade Gov. Christie to enter the race.  Six of the seven members of that group endorsed Christie on Sept. 29.

Iowa Leadership Team

(announced Oct. 1, 2015)
Adrianne Branstad (Des Moines, IA) - Polk County GOP Leader
Jeff Boeyink (Ankeny, IA) - Former Branstad Chief of Staff, 2010 Branstad-Reynolds Campaign Manager
Jean Davidsaver (Bellevue, IA) - Former Jackson County GOP Chair
Mikel Derby (West Des Moines, IA) - Branstad-Reynolds 2010 campaign, Polk County Republican Leader
David Drescher (West Des Moines, IA) - Business Leader 
Denny Elwell (West Des Moines, IA) - Business, philanthropic, and community leader, as well as Chairman of Denny Elwell Company, LC
Patrick Finnegan (Des Moines, IA) - Former UNI College Republican Chair, Romney Caucus campaign leader, Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair
Dr. Tom Gleason (Boone, IA) - Branstad-Reynolds County Chair, Branstad-Reynolds Honorary Colonel
Martha Gleason (Boone, IA)
Gary Grant (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Former District Director for Congressman Jim Leach, Linn County GOP Leader
Betty Gustafson (Cumming, IA) - Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair, Madison County GOP Leader
Nigel Hanson (Ames, IA) - Iowa State University College Republican Chairman
John Harris (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Linn County Supervisor
Brian Harrison (Waukee, IA) - Waukee City Councilman
Mark Hudson (Marion, IA) - Former Linn County GOP Chairman, Romney-Ryan legal team, Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair
Shelly Hughes (Waukee, IA) - Waukee City Councilwoman
Stewart Iverson (Clarion, IA) - Former Senate Majority Leader
Jim Kersten (Fort Dodge, IA) - Former State Senator, former Branstad staff
Gary Kirke (West Des Moines, IA) - Business, philanthropic, and community leader, Chairman, Wild Rose Casino and Resort, Founder of Kirke Financial Services
Shelley Laracuente (Ankeny, IA) - Business leader, Polk County GOP leader, Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair, Branstad-Reynolds 2015 Inaugural Honorary Colonel
Norlin Mommsen (DeWitt, IA) - State Representative
Katie Popkes (Rock Rapids, IA) - Branstad-Reynolds 2015 Inaugural Committee, Iowa State University College Republicans
Heather Quist (Dubuque, IA) - Former Republican Party of Iowa Field Director, Romney 2011 Caucus campaign leader, Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair
Bruce Rastetter (Hubbard, IA) - Business, philanthropic, and community leader. CEO, The Summit Group
Mike Richards (West Des Moines, IA) Business, philanthropic, and community leader, Vice chairman of the board of directors of Wild Rose Casino & Resort
Daniel Seufferlein (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Romney-Ryan legal team, Linn County Republican leader, Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair
Allan Thoms (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Former Mayor of Dubuque, former Branstad Chief of Staff, former Chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board, former Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Transportation, former Cedar Rapids City Manager, former Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development
Jim Van Fossen (Davenport, IA) - Former State Representative
Lisa Wagner (Spirit Lake, IA) - Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair
Mary Whisenand (Des Moines, IA) - Polk County GOP leader, Branstad-Reynolds 2014 County Chair, Branstad-Reynolds 2015 Inaugural Committee

11 Iowa leaders (announced Oct. 29, 2015)
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee State Rep. Chip Baltimore (Boone, IA)
Jasper County Republican Leader Diane Birchard (Newton, IA)
COO of Iowa Soybean Association Karey Claghorn (Milo, IA)
Business and Republican Leader Manda Elwell (Ankeny, IA)
Jasper County Republican Leader Shelley Van De Krol (Newton, IA)
Polk County Republican Leader Beth Ann Mahaffey (West Des Moines, IA)
Polk County Republican Leader Tom Mazza (Des Moines, IA)
Dallas County Republican Leader Jennifer Osby (West Des Moines, IA)
Major General Maurice Phillips, USA (Ret.) (Newton, IA)
Connie Schmett (Clive, IA) (former Governor Walker Supporter)
2008 Republican Candidate for Congress Kim Schmett (Clive, IA) (former Governor Walker Supporter)

State. Rep. Gary Carlson (Muscatine) (announced Nov. 11, 2015)

Clear Lake Mayor Nelson Crabb (announced Dec. 8, 2015)

Cerro Gordo County GOP Chairwoman Barbara Hovland (announced Dec. 9, 2015)

State Rep. Dave Deyoe District 49 (Nevada) (announced Dec. 10, 2015)

Super-activist Kathy Pearson (Linn County) (announced Dec. 16, 2015)

73 grassroots leaders led by former Walker supporter Ron Wheeler (Cedar Falls), former Clarke County GOP Chair Mary Ellen Kimball and Dr. Jim Kimball, former Poweshiek County GOP Chair Rick Jacoby (announced Dec. 21, 2015).

State Rep. Jack Highfill District 39 (Johnston) (announced Dec. 22, 2015)

Bill Schickel - former Iowa GOP co-chair, Mason City Mayor and state representative (announced Dec. 28, 2015)

Cedar Rapids City Councilmen Scott Overland and Scott Olson (announced Jan. 5, 2016)

Curt and Norma Hames - Linn County Republican leaders; owners of Hames Homes, a manufactured housing business based in Marion (announced Jan. 8, 2016)


Headquarters: 20 Washington Place, Bedford   ...Gov. Christie opened on Oct. 16, 2015
Salem Office: 326 South Broadway, Salem, NH 03079   ...Gov. Christie to open on Jan. 3, 2016

State Chair  Wayne McDonald

(firet reported by WMUR on June 29, 2015)  Chairman of the NH Republican State Committee from Sept. 2011-Jan. 2013 after serving as vice chairman starting in 2003.  Field investigator for the NH Department of Health and Human Services since Aug. 1996.  Business manager at Standard Sash and Door, Sept. 1976-Nov. 1995.  M.B.A. from Rivier College, 1987; B.A. in political science and government from Saint Anselm College, 1976.  twitter

State Director  Matt Mowers

(Jan. 26, 2015 New York Times report)  Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party from Nov. 2013 to Jan. 2015.  Regional political director on Christie for Governor, April-Nov. 2013.  Regional director for legislative and intergovernmental affairs in the Office of Gov. Chris Christie, Nov. 2010-April 2013.  Campaign manager on Goodwin for NJ State Senate, April-Nov. 2010.  Advance aide in the Office of Gov. Christie, Jan.-April 2010.  Political director at Building the New Majority, Aug. 2008-2009.  Assistant to the COO at the Altman Group, 2008.  Executive director of the Bergen Country Republican Organization at age 18, Jan.-June 2008.   Campaign manager on Cardinale for NJ State Senate, July-Nov. 2007.  B.A. in political science and government from Rutgers.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Ben DeMarzo

(reported by the Union Leader on June 22, 2015)  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus' (PA) 2014 re-election.  A former chief of staff to New Jersey Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick.

Political Director  Britt Carter

(reported by the Union Leader on June 22, 2015)  Statewide field director for the New Hampshire Republican Party from Feb. 2015; a regional field director for the NHGOP, May 2014-Jan. 2015.  Executive assistant to the chief of staff (Jan. 2011-May 2014) and executive assistant to the chief counsel (Sept. 2010-Jan. 2011) at the RNC.  B.A. in foreign affairs from University of Virginia, 2010.  twitter

Operations Director  Matt Moroney

(reported by Time on April 2, 2015)  Field director on Havenstein for Governor, April-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Kevin Smith for Governor, March-Sept. 2012.  Campaign representative on Romney for President, May 2011-Jan. 2012.  Campaign coordinator on Angerhofer for State Senate in District 21, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Campaign representative on Ashooh for Congress in NH's 1st CD, March-Sept. 2010.  Campaign coordinator on Callahan for Senate (Portsmouth, NH), Aug.-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science from UNH, 2009.  twitter

two new staff
(reported by The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2016) 


former Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter (announced July 2, 2015)
former NH US. Attorney Tom Colantuono (announced July 3, 2015)
Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hillard (reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on July 14, 2015)

Concord City Councilor Dan St. Hilaire
Rockingham County Commission Chairman Tom Tombarello
Rockingham County Commissioner Kevin Coyle

Dick Anagnost, Bedford - president of Anagnost Investments, real estate developer > (reported by Union Leader's Dan Tuohy on Aug. 19, 2015)
Bill Greiner, Bedford - Greiner Investments (reported by Union Leader's Dan Tuohy on Aug. 19, 2015)

Seven State Representatives (announced Aug. 20, 2015)
Rep. and former Hillsborough County GOP Chairman David Danielson - Bedford
Rep. Susan Emerson - Rindge
Rep. Bill Ohm - Nashua
Rep. and Korean War Veteran Don LeBrun - Nashua
Rep. and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Jack Balcom - Merrimack
Rep. Betsy McKinney - Londonderry
Rep. and Sandown Selectman Chairman Jim Devine - Sandown

Six Longtime NH GOP Leaders (announced Aug. 24, 2015)
Richard Brothers - Former State Representative (R-Thornton), Former NH Employment Security Commissioner (2004-2009)
Karen Hutchinson - Former State Representative (R-Londonderry)
Dennis Reed - Former State Representative (R-Franklin)
Dr. Robert Scott - Former State Representative (R-Newport), NHGOP Executive Committee (1990-2015), Founder of the Ronald Reagan Foundation for Future New Hampshire Leaders
Paul Simard - Former State Representative (R-Bristol), Former Chairman of the Grafton County Republican Committee
Elaine Swinford - Former State Representative (R-Barnstead), Former Chair of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

More Members of Grassroots Leadership Team (announced Aug. 28, 2015)
Phil Boynton, Rye
Paul and Barbara Clark, Nashua
Brian Dooley, Nashua
Donna Marzullo, Deering
Hillary Seeger, Meredith
Lisa Withrow, Salem
Jim McConaha and Valery Mitchell, Concord

Rep. Steve Schmitt - Wolfeboro, Assistant Majority Leader
Matt Spencer - former mayor of Somersworth
(announced Sept. 17, 2015)

More Members of Grassroots Leadership Team (announced Sept. 25, 2015)
Town Councilor Joe Green, Londonderry
Trustee of the Trust Funds Colin Costine, Chester
GOP Activist Simone Maloney, Manchester
U.S. Navy Veteran Jim Powers, Merrimack
U.S. Army Veteran Jane Powers, Merrimack
GOP Activist Stacy King, Manchester
GOP Activist Mike Mackley, Manchester
Small Business Owner Dale Dormody, Gilford
GOP Activist Noreen Johnson, Swanzey
GOP Activist Catherine Seltsam, Merrimack
Small Business Owner Paul Botta, New Boston
College Republican Vice Chair Brandon Pratt, St. Anselm College

More Members of Grassroots Leadership Team (announced Sept. 28, 2015)
GOP Activist Maria Sampson, Londonderry
GOP Activist William Stearns, Jr., Bedford
GOP Activist Doug Meteisis, Plaistow
GOP Activist Heidi Sturrock, Amherst
GOP Activist David Sturrock, Amherst
GOP Activist Paige Youschak, Laconia
GOP Activist Dianne Marino, Hampton
GOP Activist Matt Withrow, Salem
U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Corporal Tom Eifler, Atkinson
Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador & College Republican

More Members of Grassroots Leadership Team (announced Oct. 5, 2015)
GOP Activist Steven Steiner, North Conway
Navy Veteran Craig Fillmann, Glen
State Rep. Candidate and former member of "Students for Walker," Alexandria Knox, Manchester 
GOP Activist & College Republican Parker Leonard, Auburn
College Republicans Secretary at Saint Anselm Cameron Lapine, Manchester
GOP Activist Steve Woods, Brentwood
GOP Activist Claire Stevens, Hudson
GOP Activist Kirsten Yellen, Manchester
GOP Activist John Gallagher, Manchester
GOP Activists Bill and Carol Gaffney, Nashua

Hillsborough County Commissioner Toni Pappas (announced Oct. 8, 2015)

12 New Hampshire Elected Officials and Community Leaders (announced Oct. 29, 2015)
Rockingham County Treasurer Edward “Sandy” Buck (R-Rockingham)
State Rep. Russell Dumais (R-Gilford)
State Rep. Herb Richardson (R-Lancaster)
Former State Representative and Vietnam War Veteran (USMC) John Cebrowski (R-Bedford), (former Governor Walker supporter)
Selectman Mary Grenier (Lempster)
Community leader Kendra Tilton (Hooksett)
GOP Activist Carroll Ray (Atkinson)
GOP Activist Rita Richardson (Lancaster)
GOP Activist Noel Lyons-Baker (Windham)
GOP Activists Bob & Marie Raas (Barrington)
Small Business Owner Nancy Cowan (NH School of Falconry)

10 More New Hampshire Community Leaders (announced Nov. 4, 2015)
Former Representative & Former New Hampshire Jaycees President Ken Hawkins (R- Bedford) (former  Governor Walker supporter)
U.S. Air Force Veteran Gary Schmitz (Laconia)
GOP Activist Barbara Schmitz (Laconia)
Secretary of the Merrimack Republican Town Committee and Former Romney Town Chair David Rutzke (Merrimack)
GOP Activist Steve Miller (Merrimack)
GOP Activist Thomas Mullins (Hampton)
Community Activist Kate Fallas (Hampton)
Community Activists Tom & Laura Walstad (East Kingston)
St. Anselm College Republican Madison Mangels

10 New Hampshire Elected Officials and GOP Leaders (announced Nov. 11, 2015)
Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray
State Rep. & Sullivan County GOP Vice Chairman Jim Grenier (Lempster)
Town Council Chairman Jim Scanlon (Bedford)
Town Council Vice Chair Kelleigh Murphy, former State Representative & Manchester Alderman, former press secretary to U.S. Sen. Bob Smith (Bedford)
GOP Activist and Army Veteran Kent Swanson (Nashua)
GOP Activist Donna Swanson (Nashua)
Air Force Veteran John Gaites (Thornton)
GOP Activist Maureen Gaites (Thornton)
Community Leader Tammy Fortier (Woodsville)
US Army Veteran Stephen A. Mack (Bedford)

Joel Maiola
(announced Nov. 12, 2015)  Senior advisor at McLane GPS from Dec. 2012 and principal at Granite Edge Consulting from April 2008.  Extensive experience on campaigns including manager of George W. Bush's 1999-2000 NH primary campaign.  Chief of staff to Judd Gregg in the U.S. House, Governor and U.S. Senate, 1986-2008.  Graduate of Keene State College, 1980.

Jeff Chidester
(announced Nov. 18, 2015)  Weekly columnist for the Seacoast Online-Portsmouth Herald from March 2013, and radio host for the iHeart Media Group from May 2009.  Senior campaign advisor on Newt 2012, Dec. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Senior advisor (campaign manager) on Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2011 NH primary campaign, May-Oct. 2011.  Police officer in the City of Dover, 1988-96.  Served in the U.S. Army, 1984-88.

New Hampshire Union Leader (Nov. 28, 2015)

Dan and Renee Plummer

(announced Nov. 30, 2015)  Renee Plummer is  co-owner and vice president of marketing for Two International Group, a Portsmouth development company; organizer for Bob Dole in 1996, George W. Bush in 2000, and John McCain in 2008; active in Jon Huntsman's 2012 campaign.  Dan Plummer is president of Two International Group.

‘Law Enforcement for Christie’

(announced Nov. 30, 2015)
Co-Chair Tom Colantuono
, former U.S. Attorney for District of New Hampshire
Co-Chair Scott Hilliard, Merrimack County Sheriff
Steering Committee Members

Dan St. Hilaire, former Executive Councilor & Merrimack County Attorney
Scott Murray, Merrimack County Attorney
Scott Young, Strafford Police Chief

Donna Sytek

(announced Dec. 1, 2015)  Chairman of the New Hampshire Parole Board.  Former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives; served 23 years as a state representative from Salem, retiring in 2000.  Chairman of the NHGOP, 1982-84.  A.B. from Regis College in Weston, MA, 1966.

Former Congressman Bill Zeliff

(announced Dec. 2, 2015)  Former co-owner/innkeeper of the Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson.  Candidate for governor in 1996.  Served three terms in Congress, elected in 1990 and did not seek re-election in 1996.  Candidate for state Senate in 1984.  Sales and marketing manager.  Served in the U.S. Army Reserve.

20 New Endorsements from elected officials, veterans, Republican activists and community leaders

(announced Dec. 3, 2015)
State Rep. Bob Fesh (Derry)
State Rep. and US Air Force Veteran John Potucek (Derry)
Rockingham County Commissioner Kevin St. James (Kingston)
Former Small Businesses for McCain Chairman Jim Burke (Amherst)
Former State Rep. and US Army Veteran Joe Krasucki (Nashua)
Former State Rep. & former NH Liquor Commission Chairman Tony Maiola (Newport)
GOP Activist & former Selectwoman Betty Maiola (Newport)
GOP Activist and Former McCain Town Chair Richard Maloon (Merrimack)
US Air Force Veteran Larry Pelland (Hudson)
GOP Activist Joan Morse (Intervale)
GOP Activist Barbara Campbell (Glen)
GOP Activist Jack Dunn (Concord)
GOP Activist Marie Curry (Concord)
GOP Activist James Gerry (Bedford)
GOP Activist David Nasser (Nottingham)
Community Leader Jim Nasser (Nottingham)
Community Leader Phil George (Manchester)
Community Leader Barbara George (Bedford)
Community Leaders Joe & Lori Myers (Bow)

Senate Majority Leader and former Congressman Jeb Bradley

(announced Dec. 7, 2015)  Represents District 3, Wolfeboro; first elected in an April 2009 special election.  Represented NH's 1st CD in Congress from 2002-06; defeated in 2006 re-election bid and in 2008.  Served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, 1990-2002.  Owned several small businesses in Wolfeboro, including an organic grocery and a painting business.  Graduate of Tufts University, 1974.

House Speaker Pro Tem Sherm Packard

(announced Dec. 8, 2015)  Represents Rockingham-District 05 (Londonderry); currently in his 13th term in the NH House.

Majority Leader Dick Hinch

(announced Dec. 8, 2015)  Represents Hillsborough-District 21 (Merrimack); currently serving his fourth term in the NH House.  Owner at Hinch-Crowley Realty Associates, LLC.  Served in the U.S. Navy, 1968-72.

State Sen. Jerry Little

(announced Dec. 10, 2015) Represents District 8, Weare; first elected in 2014.  Now retired.  Served as president of the New Hampshire Bankers Association; started there as director of public and media relations.  Press secretary to Gov. John H. Sununu.  Briefly assignment editor at WMUR.  Reporter for Concord radio stations WKXL and WJYY.  B.A. in interpersonal communication from UNH, 1977.

Sergeant Major Paul Chevalier (ret.)

(announced Dec. 14, 2015) U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former NH VFW State Commander, Portsmouth.

Veterans Coalition

(announced Dec. 21, 2015)
National Co-Chairs  Paul Chevalier and Walt Havenstein
New Hampshire Co-Chairs  Mark McCabe (Pelham) and Richard Brothers (Sanbornton)
and including
State Reps. Rep. Robert Graham, Milton - Rep. Frank Sterling, Jaffrey - Rep. John Tholl, Whitefield

20 More Granite State leaders including former Senate President Peter Bragdon

(announced Jan. 4, 2016)
Former Senate President Peter Bragdon (Milford)
GOP Activist Chandra Arbuckle (Nashua)
Community Leader Donna Beatrice (Nashua)
Former House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt (Salem)
State Representative Frank Byron (Litchfield)
Selectman David Canada (Stratham)
GOP Activist Susan Canada (Stratham)
GOP Activist John DiRubbo (North Conway)
Community Leader John Gruz (Holderness)
Former State Senator Patricia “Pat” Krueger (Francestown)
GOP Activist Ortwin Krueger (Francestown)
Community Leader Thomas Leahy (Exeter)
Small Business Owner Lori Lambert (Nashua)
GOP Activist Rita McCabe (Pelham)
Community Leader Anthony Mollano (Hopkinton)
US Army Veteran Fred Newcomb (Hampton Falls)
Former Alderman Catherine Schneiderat (Manchester)
Community Leader Leslie Simpson (Hudson)
Community Leader Betty Smith (Stratham)
Former Pataki Steering Committee Member and US Navy Veteran Alissa Tweedie (Rye)

20 More Granite State leaders including State Rep. David Hess

(announced Jan. 20, 2016)
Conservative Activist Elena Ball (Gilmanton)
NCIS Special Agent (Ret.) Jack Ball (Gilmanton)
Former City Councilor Jake Collins (Rochester)
School Board Member Jacqueline (Jaye) Dimaido (Hampstead)
Portsmouth GOP Chair John Formella (Portsmouth)
Small Business Owner Ray Goulet & Community Leader Pam Puleo (Concord)
Former Salem GOP Chairman Jeff Hatch (Salem)
US Air Force Veteran Ray Hayes (Milford) 
State Representative David Hess (Hooksett)
Former School Board Chairman Ed Huminick (Salem)
Small Business Owner Scott Lawson (Concord)
Community Leader Daniel Lyons (Milton Mills)
Police Chief James McTague (Greenville)
GOP Activist John O’Brien (Hudson)
US Air Force Veteran Don Padgett (Danbury)
School Board Member David Sacks (Hollis)
Community Leader Ann Savastano (Keene)
Community Leader Thomas Savastano (Keene)
Community Leader Marjorie Taylor (Alton)

Peter Spaulding (announced Jan. 25, 2016) Chairman of the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners, former Executive Councilor and former chair of Sen. John McCain's 2000 and 2008 NH primary campaigns  ...had backed Sen. Graham

State Sen. Nancy Stiles (Hampton) (announced Feb. 2, 2016)

Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper (Hudson) (announced Feb. 3, 2016)

Mass. Gov. Charles Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (announced Feb. 5, 2016)

VFW State Commander Lew Chipola and Gold Star Mother Natalie Healy (announced Feb. 8, 2016)

[final list of endorsements]


Key Supporter  Leighton Lord

Attorney at Nexsen Pruet in Columbia; joined the firm in 1993; also managing director of the firm's communications affiliate, NP Strategy, LLC.  Staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  J.D. from Vanderbilt University, 1989; B.A.A.S from University of Delaware, 1986.   ...Christie graduated from there in 1984

Advisor  Robert Cahaly
(reported by Politico on Jan. 8, 2016)  Senior strategist at the Trafalgar Group from Nov. 2008.



State Rep. Matt Hatchett (District 150, Dublin) - House Majority Caucus chair (announced Sept. 22, 2015)



U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-5) (announced Dec. 4, 2015)



Gov. Paul LePage (announced July 1, 2015)



Gov. Larry Hogan (announced July 15, 2015)



Gov. Charles Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (announced Feb. 5, 2016)


U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10, thumb adj. to Lake Huron) looked like she might back Christie (see for example report of Jan. 17, 2015).  She was in the spin room for Christie at the Aug. 6 debate but went for Fiorina on Sept. 23.


New Jersey Leadership Teams

On June 30, 2015, Gov. Christie announced his New Jersey political and finance leadership teams, comprising "more than 200 Republican leaders and elected officials, as well as business leaders from across the state who are supporting his candidacy."


U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA-7, West of Philadelphia) (see for example report of Jan. 17, 2015)

See: Philip Rucker.  "Christie adds six to his lean campaign staff."  The Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2016.  Rucker reported Christie who had "one of the smallest campaign teams of the major candidates with just 34 staffers," was adding six additional staff.

other key people...
> Office of the Governor

reprinted from June 30, 2015
Regina Egea, Chief of Staff
Amy Cradic, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Cabinet Liaison
Christopher S. Porrino, Chief Counsel
Paul Matey, Deputy Chief Counsel
Matthew McDermott, Appointments Director
Gregory L. Acquaviva, Chief of Staff to the Lt. Governor
Terrence Brody, Executive Director of the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding