Major Trenton lobbying firm adds three veteran strategists to team

1868 Public Affairs, one of the most influential lobbying firms, adds three prominent veterans of government and politics to its team.

The new partners – Dan Smith, Wendy Martinez and Al Harris – will join LeRoy Jones, Patrick Torpey and Idida Rodriguez in expanding the firm’s reach as advocates.

“Dan, Wendy and Al have over 30 years of combined experience leading and executing strategic and integrated initiatives for leading companies and brands, government agencies and non-profit organizations,” said one of the firm’s associates, Idida Rodriguez. “We are proud to have them on our team. ”

Martinez is hugely respected in political circles as a top political strategist who helped Governors Phil Murphy and Jon Corzine and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker — and dozens of county and local candidates — win support and participation in the state’s Hispanic communities. She maintains close ties with key members of the clergy across the state.

A former senior adviser to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Smith is a former Mercer County Democratic Vice President and serves on the Mercer County Improvement Authority.

Harris has served on the staff of the Senate and Assembly, as co-founder and executive director of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, as government relations officer for the New Jersey Housing and Finance Mortgage Agency, and as Deputy Director of Government Relations for New Jersey. Educational association.

The bipartisan firm includes: Jones, the Democratic state chairman of New Jersey and the Democratic chairman of Essex County; Torpey, former Republican chairman of Hunterdon County; and Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and former chief of staff to Congresswoman (now State Senator) Nellie Pou and former campaign staffer for Menendez, Corzine and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).

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