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Our team of experts set the highest standard for government relations, public affairs, and association management services in New Jersey. As we have grown, gaining a very successful reputation throughout the state, we have gathered a team of some of the most highly qualified professionals, each with their own specialty and experiences.

Roger Bodman

Title: Managing Partner

Hometown: Bernardsville, N.J.

Fun-Fact: Appointed in 1982 by Governor Thomas Kean, I was the youngest New Jersey Department of Labor Commissioner at age 29

First Political Position: Driver, followed by District Office Manager, for United States Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick

Titles Held: Congressional Chief of Staff, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Transportation, Chair of New Jersey Transit, Governor’s Campaign Manager, Political Commentator

Awards: “Good Guy” Award, Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey; PolitickerNJ Power List; NJBIZ Power List; Eagle Award, New Jersey Alliance for Action

Education: Ohio University, cum laude

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers

Hobbies: Golf, boating, and restoring old vehicles


4_billmaer1Title: Senior Partner

Hometown: Teaneck, but currently living in Manasquan, N.J.

Fun-Fact: During college, I had my first full-time campaign job as field organizer for Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis’s 1988 Presidential National Campaign. I covered six states, starting in the early primary of New Hampshire and ending on Election Day in Ohio. 

First Full-Time Professional Political Position: Aide to New Jersey Governor James Florio

Titles Held: Aide, Governor Florio; Policy Advisor, Speaker and Democratic Leader; Congressional Chief of Staff, Congressman Bill Pascrell; Senior Political Advisor, Governor Jon Corzine; Campaign Manager; Political Consultant; Media Spokesman; Member, 2016 Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee

Awards: PolitickerNJ Power List since it’s inception; appointed by two governor’s to the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees and the New Jersey Building Authority

Education: Clark University, bachelor’s degree in government; Villanova University, master’s degree in political science

Favorite Food: Clifton’s famous Rut’s Hut’s “Ripper” Hot Dog

Hobbies: Politics, cooking, drinking coffee, traveling, swimming, and playing Skee Ball with my daughter


Title: Senior Partner

Hometown: New Hope, Pa.

Fun-Fact: I was the youngest Executive Director of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors at age 26

First Political Position: Legislative Director at the Mayor’s Office in the City of Trenton

Titles Held: Chief of Staff, Mayor’s office, City of Trenton; Legislative Liaison, Assemblyman Francis McMannimon and Assemblywoman Helen Szabo

Awards: Association Executive of the Year, 1991 New Jersey Society of Association Executive

Education: Mount Saint Mary’s College, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelors of Science

Favorite Food: Pasta of any kind

Hobbies:  Golf, boating, travel, and cooking


Joe DeSanctisTitle: Partner

Hometown: Trenton, currently living in Newtown, Pa.

Fun-Fact: When I was 13 years old, I scored 51 points in a basketball game. I also enjoy playing golf and had two hole-in-ones.

First Full-Time Professional Political Position: Director of Government Affairs for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers

Titles Held: Newtown Committeeman; Member, Newtown Economic Development Committee; Member, New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control Advisory Committee

Education: Trenton State College, bachelor’s degree in political science/public administration

Favorite Food: Most food items that begin with the letter “P”,  such as pizza, pasta, and polenta

Hobbies: Golf, attending car shows, watching college football, and vacationing with the family


Tracie DeSarnoTitle: Partner

Hometown: Union, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I worked for the first elected County Executive in Essex County. During that time, I met my husband who was working for Senator Bill Bradley.

First Political Position: Intern, followed by Legislative Aide, for Assemblyman Peter Shapiro

Titles Held: Legislative Aide, Assemblyman Peter Shapiro; Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Essex County; Assistant to the President, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Democratic State Committee member, Board of Governors member, Union County College

Awards: Dean A. Gallo Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership, Hemophilia Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Women’s Power List; Vlunter Services Award, D.A.R.E New Jersey

Education: Douglass College, Rutgers University, magna cum laude

Favorite Food: Eggplant parmigiana

Hobbies: Reading anytime anywhere, but especially on the beach!


Matt Halpin

Title: Partner

Hometown: Robbinsville, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I am an Eagles season ticket holder

First Political Position: Intern for the Republican State Committee

Titles Held: Manager, Government Relations, State Chamber of Commerce; Executive Director, New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology (current); Executive Director, New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (current)

Awards: Distinguished Service Award, New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers; Golden Sneaker Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Education: Rutgers University, MBA in finance; Rutgers University, bachelor’s degree in political science; Eagleton Institute of Politics, Associate

Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes

Hobbies: Coaching youth sports, golf, and Golden Dome softball league


4_joshhodes2012Title: Partner

Hometown: Sea Girt, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I served as a member of the Rules Committee at the Democratic National Convention

Titles Held: Chief of Staff to the Assembly Majority Leader; Senior Staff, Assembly Majority Office; Treasurer, Educational Facilities Authority

Interests: Serving on the Advisory Board of the New Jersey New Leaders Council and as Chairman of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority

Education: Rutgers University, Bachelor of Science; Rutgers University, master’s degree in labor and employment relations

Favorite Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and jogging at the Jersey Shore


Title: Associate


Robbinsville, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I was the off-stage announcer who introduced Governor Christie Whitman at countless events, including the Inauguration, Inaugural Ball, and Capital Dome Re-Dedication

First Political Position: Assistant (volunteer) to Deputy Campaign Manager for the People for Whitman

Titles Held: Aide to the governor; Political Director; Campaign Manager; Political Media Consultant; State Director, National Federation of Independent Business – New Jersey; President & CEO, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association

Awards: Winner in PolitickerNJ’s Winner & Losers Feature, noted to have “mastered the inside game”

Education: Syracuse University, bachelor’s degree in political science

Favorite Food: De Lorenzo’s tomato pies

Hobbies: Anything with my two children and following Syracuse basketball, football and lacrosse

Ed MountTitle: Partner

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Fun-Fact: I love Hilton Head Island in South Carolina

First Political Position: Mayor of Bordentown Township, N.J.

Titles Held: New Jersey Assistant State Treasurer; Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor; Chief Information Officer, Treasury Department; Mayor; Deputy Mayor; Director, Public Safety Systems; State Police; Executive Board Member, New Jersey League of Municipalities

Awards: Governor’s Proclamation for Excellence in Government, Governor’s Award for Management Improvement, Ellis Island Preservation Commission Award

Education: LeMoyne College, bachelor’s degree in labor relations; United States Air Force Electronics School

Favorite Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Hobbies: Travel, golf, and the gym


Patrick StewartTitle: Associate

Hometown: Voorhees, N.J.

Fun Fact:  My father, H. Donald Stewart, was elected to the New Jersey Assembly from 1972 to 1982. He represented the third legislative district of Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Counties.

First Political Position: Intern for the New Jersey Assembly Republican office

Titles Held: Committee Aide, Research Assistant, Chapter President, Executive Director

Awards: Father of the Year, presented by my three children Emily, Ryan, and Alexandra

Education: Villanova University

Favorite Food: Cheesesteaks

Hobbies: Going to sporting events with my family and summers at the Jersey Shore


Lou Goetting

Title: Affiliate

Hometown: Point Pleasant, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I worked in the administration of Governor’s Cahill, Whitman, and Christie.

First Political Position: Director of the nation’s largest Youth for Nixon in 1968 Ridgewood, New Jersey

Titles Held: Township Administrator; Deputy State Treasurer; Vice President, Administration, UMDNJ; Executive Vice President, Brookdale Community College; Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor

Awards: Man of Year, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Achievement of the Year, Association of Government Accountants; NJBIZ Power List; PolitickerNJ Power List

Education: Lafayette College, bachelor’s degree; Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.P.A.

Favorite Food: Seafood

Hobbies: Sailing, boating, fishing, and wooden boats


Harold Hodes

Title: Founding Partner

Hometown: Newark, currently living down the shore in Long Branch, N.J.

Fun Fact: I was the first President of the New Jersey Devils

Titles Held: Chief of Staff, Governor Brendan T. Byrne; Executive Assistant, Newark Mayor Ken Gibson; Senior Political Advisor, Clinton/Gore Campaign; Visiting Professor, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University; Commissioner, New Jersey Turnpike Authority; Member, Board of Trustees, Monmouth University

Awards: PolitickerNJ Power List, NJ Monthly Top 25 Most Powerful People in New Jersey

Education: Monmouth University, bachelor’s degree in political science

Favorite Food: Just about any kind of soup

Hobbies: Spending time with my children and grandchildren, watching college basketball, and bike riding and walking on the boardwalk


Director and Support Staff

Karen Reiser
Director, Financial Services

Nancy Sambucci
Executive Assistant

Mary Leone
Executive Assistant

Lori Lee
Executive Assistant

Laura Slomka
Event Manager

Kelly Biddle
Membership Services Coordinator

Lisa Jones
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Joanne Lombardi, CMP

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