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Credit Card Signatures About to be Phased Out
April 10, 2018

“I don’t think requiring a signature means anything at all. In fact, when you think about it, when you go to most stores and you sign the receipt nobody looks at it anyway.” John Holub, the president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, agrees. He said the signature is completely unnecessary and actually “the fact that they’re eliminating this and pass it off as beneficial to the consumer, it hasn’t been a security feature for quite some time.” He pointed out security was improved significantly when credit cards started using a chip instead of the swipe. [read more]


Roger Bodman Featured on NJTV

PSI Managing Partner and onetime Gubernatorial Campaign Manager Roger Bodman was interviewed by NJTV regarding a recent Monmouth University Poll discussing fake news. Bodman gave thoughtful insight into the issue, which is a reason he has been on New Jersey Public Television as an political analysis for over three decades.

Brendan Gill Selected for NJBIZ Power List
March 26, 2018

Perhaps no one is as responsible for Phil Murphy becoming governor of New Jersey than Brendan Gill. The Essex County freeholder and head of the full-service public affairs company, The Gill Group LLC, was an early addition to the Murphy team as campaign manager, helping to guide the then-relative unknown to the top job in Trenton. Gill’s experience as an advisor dates back to his work as a senior adviser to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, first managing his historic fifth re-election campaign and then overseeing all statewide operations. Gill also helped get Cory Booker re-elected to the U.S. Senate and served as his senior adviser. [read more]


Walmart awards $6.3M in bonuses to N.J. workers
March 12, 2018

In January, Walmart announce it would increase hourly associates’ starting wage to a minimum of $11 an hour and award eligible associates with a $1,000 one-time cash bonus. The company said associates’ March 8 checks would include any Q4 bonus awarded, as well as an annual pay raise for hourly field associates. Walmart has 73 retail stores in New Jersey, with 21,413 total associates.

“Walmart has made a considerable investment in New Jersey,” John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, said in a statement. [read more]


Revenue Up 5 Percent for NJ Lawyer-Lobbyists in 2017
March 10, 2018

As has been the case historically, the revenues for the top 10 law firms that lobby, or have lawyers on their staffs, were dwarfed by the two biggest players: Princeton Public Affairs Group and Public Strategies Impact, both of Trenton, which saw 2017 revenues of $9.23 million and $6.16 million, respectively. [read more]


ELEC’s Ranking Of The Top Ten Lobbying Firms
March 8, 2018

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission released the top ten lobbying firms ranked by highest receipts.  For the fifteenth straight year, Princeton Public Affairs Group, headed up by Dale Florio, reported the highest receipts among multi-client contract lobbying firms. Eight of 10 firms on the 2016 list remained there in 2017. [read more]


Walmart Pays $6.3M in Bonuses to New Jersey Employees
March 8, 2018

“Walmart has made a considerable investment in New Jersey,” said John Holub, President of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association. “We’re honored that they’re part of our business community. The company’s commitment to its associates and their families serves as a model for the entire retail and business community.” [read more]


ROI Influencers: Power List 2018
February 26, 2018

Consultants: Brendan Gill. Gill made a name for himself as a stellar political operative and was a key figure in the campaign to elect Phil Murphy. His connection to the governor’s administration is strong enough to push him as a contender for a spot in the Top 25. [read more]


Hunterdon County Clerk Melfi to Take Oath of Office as Prez of NJAC
January 25, 2018

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) will administer the oath of office to Melfi and to NJAC’s 2018 slate of executive officers that include: Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill as First Vice President, Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes as Second Vice President, Mercer County Freeholder John Cimino as Secretary/Treasurer, and Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons as Immediate Past President.  Following the ceremony, culinary art students from Hunterdon County Polytech will provide a terrific lunch to invited guests at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple. [read more]


Brendan Gill becomes president of Essex County freeholders
January 4, 2018

“There has truly never been a more critical moment facing local government officials than the one we face now,” stated Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill during a speech he gave at the Board of Freeholders’ reorganization meeting this week.

Gill, 43, a longtime resident of Montclair, was unanimously elected to be president of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during the meeting, Essex County officials announced.

He was sworn into the position by Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, for whom Gill served as his campaign manager. [read more]


Year in Review: The Winners and Losers in 2017
December 29, 2017

We are closing the book on 2017, saying goodbye in a few weeks to our larger-than-life governor, Chris Christie, and saying hello to his richer-than-life successor, Phil Murphy. But it was an exceptionally busy year for virtually all the major players in New Jersey politics.

Here’s who came out on top and who could have had a better year in 2017. [read more]


Public Strategies Impact, BGill Group partner up
December 14, 2017

Lobbying firm Public Strategies Impact announced a strategic partnership with Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s former campaign manager and current Essex County Freeholder Vice Chair Brendan Gill and his firm, The BGill Group LLC.

“This partnership will be an extension of our relationship, expanding the specialties offered by both firms,” said Roger Bodman, managing partner of PSI. “Brendan has a diverse political background, with experience in public service and political campaigns, which has helped cultivate a unique skill set that will be tremendously beneficial to our team.” [read more]


New Jersey Playbook – 12/14
December 14, 2017

Former Phil Murphy campaign manager Brendan Gill, who’s now heading up a pro-Murphy non-profit, is working with Trenton lobbying firm Public Strategies Impact. The firm formalized its relationship with Gill in a press release yesterday. “This partnership will be an extension of our relationship, expanding the specialties offered by both firms,” said PSI Managing Partner Roger Bodman. This isn’t new, however. Gill tells me that he started working with the firm in 2016, so he had a relationship with it as he was managing Murphy’s campaign. [read more]


Public Strategies Impact Team Up With Brendan Gill With Strategic Partnership
December 13, 2017

Public Strategies Impact announced a strategic partnership with former Murphy campaign manager and Essex Freeholder Brendan Gill and his firm The BGill Group, LLC.

“This partnership will be an extension of our relationship, expanding the specialties offered by both firms,” said Roger Bodman, Managing Partner, Public Strategies Impact. “Brendan has a diverse political background, with experience in public service and political campaigns, which has helped cultivate a unique skill set that will be tremendously beneficial to our team.” Before Murphy, Gill’s earlier government experience is extensive. [read more]


Jolly season predicted for retailers
November 20, 2017

The holiday shopping season is upon us, with hopes running high among retailers for a big year. We reached out to the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and the National Retail Federation for some perspective on current trends and expectations. John Holub, president of the New Jersey merchants group, and Ana Serafin Smith, a senior director for the federation, offered their thoughts. [read more]


Join PSI’s Joe Simonetta for an ArtPride New Jersey Webinar
November 13, 2017

On Tuesday, November 21 at 2 p.m., learn how the recent election may impact New Jersey’s nonprofit arts industry. Join ArtPride New Jersey and Joe Simonetta, senior partner at Public Strategies Impact and government affairs advisor to ArtPride, for a webinar that will provide insight into the new administration and share the aggregate results from its 2017 candidate survey. [register here]


WHO’S UP AND WHO’S DOWN: Week of the First Gubernatorial Debate of the General Election
October 12, 2017

WHO’S UP: Bill Maer
Public Strategies Impact (PSI) Group this week announced the promotion of the former Bill Pascrell Chief of Staff to the position of senior partner. Joseph Simonetta received the same promotion at the company. [read more]


Public Strategies Impact promotes Maer, Simonetta to senior partners
October 11, 2017

Trenton-based Public Strategies Impact, a legislative advocacy organization, announced it has promoted William Maer and Joseph Simonetta to senior partners. “Both Bill and Joe have distinguished themselves as proven leaders throughout their professional careers. Bill has worked in both the governmental and political arena for three governors, members of Congress, and the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. Bill’s Democratic credentials make him a true asset to our firm and client base.” [read more]


Maer and Simonetta Promoted to Senior Partners at PSI
October 10, 2017

Public Strategies Impact (PSI) announced the promotion of William Maer and Joseph Simonetta to senior partners.

“Our firm’s three-decade history of being a premier bipartisan state and federal lobbying firm best serves our clients through both republican and democratic administrations. With the New Jersey gubernatorial election right around the corner, we are best positioned to continue to represent our clients unimpeded by changes in the political party that runs the State House,” said Roger Bodman, PSI managing partner. “Both Bill and Joe have distinguished themselves as proven leaders throughout their professional careers. Bill has worked in both the governmental and political arena for three governors, members of Congress, and the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. Bill’s Democratic credentials make him a true asset to our firm and client base.” [read more]

Matt Halpin Presents at Financial Service Centers Regional Conference
September 22, 2017

Matt Halpin, Partner of Public Strategies Impact recently delivered a presentation at the Financial Service Centers Regional Conference hosted by NJFSC in Atlantic City. Mr. Halpin shared his expertise on legislation and politics, and their impact on the financial service industry. Mr. Halpin also discussed historical policy efforts and projected future trends as they relate to a dynamic consumer market.

Matt Halpin of PSI


PSI Makes NJBIZ’s Reader Rankings
September 20, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that PSI ranked #3 for the Best Lobbying Firm in the first ever Reader Rankings from NJBIZ!

The Reader Rankings publication was developed to recognize the regard readers have for businesses in their community. “What makes the companies listed here distinct is the devotion they inspire among our region’s business leaders,” NJBIZ said. The publication received thousands of votes for the best companies in banking, education, employment, corporate development, professional services and more.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

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Roger Bodman Featured on Eagleton Institute of Politics “The Morning After” Panel
June 8, 2017
Thank you to everyone who attended “The Morning After” event on at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. It was wonderful to have so many attendees come out to listen to the post-election panelists. PSI’s managing partner Roger Bodman, who spoke at the panel, had a great time discussing the New Jersey gubernatorial primary and other political points of interest.


Catch Roger on NJTV During the Debates
May 18, 2017
Tonight, PSI Managing Partner Roger Bodman will reprise his role as a political commentator on NJ Public Television, where he has appeared for more than 35 years.

He will provide live commentary before the Republican debate, discussing each of the candidates, their political stances, and what strengths they’d bring to the governor’s office. Roger will be continuing to give election-oriented analysis throughout the election season.

The NJTV, NJSPOTLIGHT Gubernatorial debate tonight will feature the Republican candidates. Roger Bodman will be doing commentary as part of their multi-platform coverage beginning at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on NJTV.


Bill Maer Serves as Moderator for NJSBA Panel
May 17, 2017

Bill Maer will be moderating the “Inside Trenton” panel today for the New Jersey State Bar Association. The New Jersey State Bar is having their Annual Meeting & Convention at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City.

The panel will update members of the NJ State Bar on legislative issues happening in Trenton. Attendees will learn what they need to know about where the law stands to better help clients, their practice, and their business. [read more]


Famous People in New Jersey Politics Who Started As Drivers
March 26, 2017

When 22-year old Sam Weinstein introduced himself as the driver of Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) at InsiderNJ’s launch party last week, Laura Matos of Kivvit made the observation that a lot of people started their lives in New Jersey politics as drivers.

In the words of another insider, “the driver always ends up becoming the mafia don, because he knows where all the bodies are buried.”

It got us to thinking about putting a list together of some of those individuals who got their start as wheel men, resulting in the following:

Roger Bodman

The Public Strategies Impact lobbyist and former Tom Kean cabinet member started in the political game as the driver of U.S. Rep. Millicent Fenwick. [read more]


Assembly panel clears bills to regulate home-rental services
February 27, 2017

“We regulate all sorts of individuals that come into our neighborhoods. We have legislation on human trafficking, sex offenders, and through the Airbnb portal anybody can go online and rent a property,” said Joseph Simonetta, executive director for the New Jersey Hotel & Lodging Association. “It’s not a slam against the industry or its efforts, but what it needs is regulation.” [read more]


Politifax: Passaic County: The Tipping Point II
February 15, 2017

THE LEGACY. Republicans around the state often talk about the cadre of operatives who came out of the Bob Franks School of Politics. Less often noted is the group — almost all of whom are still around as consultants, party officials, lobbyists, operatives, and even electeds — who worked on the 1996 Pascrell campaign: Billy Pascrell, John Currie, Ed Farmer, Dave Fillipelli, Brendan Gill, Bill Maer, Joe Orlando, Nellie Pou, Al Spivey, and Joe Waks. Perhaps they, at least as much as the seismic shift in Passaic County’s politics, are the most lasting result of that 1996 campaign. [read more]


Public Strategies Impact Taps John Holub
February 9, 2017

Public Strategies Impact named John Holub as its new associate. A 23-year veteran of campaign management and issues advocacy, Holub will continue to serve as president and CEO of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and Executive Director of the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores. In these roles, he represents more than 3,900 store locations as the chief lobbyist for the retail industry association. His responsibilities include association management and government affairs, including direct lobbying, grassroots, political action, and media relations… [read more]


Politifax: Winners and Losers
February 8, 2017

Winner: John Holub
The head of the Retail Merchants Association joined Public Strategies Impact. He’ll continue as president and CEO of the Retail Merchants and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores, which will come under the PSI umbrella, and serve a few other clients as well. [read more]


Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers in a Frenzy at NJ Malls
December 21, 2016

With only a few days to go before Christmas and the start of Hanukkah, Jersey shoppers are out in full force, going from mall to mall, store to store, at all hours of the day and night, desperately trying to find those last-minute gifts so they can wrap up their holiday shopping.

The final burst of shopping hysteria is exactly what Garden State merchants were hoping for.

According to John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, analysts predicted a 3 percent consumer spending increase this year over last for the entire holiday season, and the numbers for November look really good… [read more]


Another Thing Economy During Shopping Experience
December 19, 2016

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