InsiderNJ’s 50 (And a Few More!) under 30: The Millennial Up and Comers in New Jersey Politics

Robert Field: Speechwriter to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Fulop Campaign Field Director, Statewide Democratic operative

Shariq Ahmed: Chairman of the Edison Democratic Committee (pictured, above)

Mike Hughes: Chief of Staff to state Senator Jennifer Beck

Ricky Diaz with Guadagno

Ricky Diaz: Communications Director for Guadagno for Governor

Hannah Peterson: Communications and Campaign Spokesperson for Fulop

Marshall Spevak: Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and President of the New Jersey Young Democrats

Jerrell Blakeley: Campaign Organizer at NJ Work Environment Council, Advocate for Healthy Schools Now and improved urban education

Theo Siggelakis: Former Legislative Aide, Owner of Broad Street Strategy, LLC.

Tim Hillmann: Senior Adviser to Senator Bob Menendez

Bill Moen, Jr: Camden County Freeholder

Gary LaSpisa: Director of Public Affairs for the New Jersey Food Council

Justin Shoham: Principal at Enigma Consulting, former Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Raj Mukherji

Dan Kline: Councilman from Roxbury

Wade Homer: Staffer in the state Senate Majority Office.

Matt Krayton: Principal at Publitics

Simon Pereira: Booker World Fixer in Essex County

Dan Pereira: Ran Tim Dougherty’s successful primary campaign in Morristown

Khalil Chaneyfield Nass: Newark Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield’s Chief of Staff


Stephanie Lagos: Policy Expert for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy

Kyle Darby: Principal Consultant at Next Generations Strategies Group

Derek Sands: Special Assistant to the Bergen County Executive

Storm Wyche: Chief of Staff to Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur and a Lou Stellato footsoldier.

Hillary Beckett: Range-finder at Assemblyman Troy Singleton’s office

Elizabeth Coulter: Murphy Campaign diehard

Camilla Diaz: Finance Director for Gopal for Senate and Monmouth Dems

Joe Libutti: Chief of Staff to the LD11 Dems

Jonathan Sternesky: Director of Economic Development for East Brunswick

Michael Suleiman: Chairman of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee

Axel Owen: Campaign Manager for Vin Gopal for state Senate and his LD11 running mates

Jonathan Castaneda: West New York Operative

Amit Jani: District Representative at U.S. House of Representatives; Works on Team Murphy

Matt Anderson: Executive Director of the Monmouth County Democrats


Stephany Kim: Highland Park Councilwoman

Samip Joshi: Edison Council candidate

Matt Gould: Running Assembly ARV this year for Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick

Louis DiPaolo: Legislative Coordinator at New Jersey Working Families

Davon McCurry: Rising Star at Princeton Public Affairs

Adam Parkinson: West New York Political Diehard

Kennith Gonzalez: Chairman, Hudson County Teenage Republicans

Parimal Garg: Murphy Policy Expert

Raphael Chavez-Fernandez: Up-and-Comer at Mercury

Colleen Roache: Press Secretary for the Assembly Democrats

Nataly Tamayo Espinosa: Political Coordinator at 32BJ SEIU

Mariel Didato: Recent Graduate of Rutgers; Democrat running for Assembly seat in LD13


Christian Fuscarino: Executive Director of Garden State Equality

Connor Montferrat: Councilman in the Borough of Hightstown

Victoria Napolitano: Republican Councilwoman in Moorsetown Twp.

Sarah Neibart: Political Director for Guadagno Campaign

Giancarlo Ghione: Chairman of the New Jersey Young Republicans, executive director of the Bergen GOP

Julie Peterson: Field Director for U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur

Bianca Jerez: Former Political Director for the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee

Maria Del Cid: Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Jerry Green

John Danubio: Deputy Executive Director of the Bergen Democrats

Richard Sun: Summit Councilman

Lizbeth Davies: Field Director for U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone

David Spector: Former Bellmawr Councilman and VP of Trades and Unions Digest Magazine

Justin Braz: Operative’s Operative from Gary Schaer World; Now on the Murphy Team

Nicole Sutterly: Legislative Aide for the LD7 Democrats


Dan Beckelman: Executive Director of the Hudson County GOP

Demetrius Terry: Executive Director at Greenville for Health Access

Brittany Wheeler: Somerset GOP Operative; Served as Political Director for Jack Ciattarelli for Governor

Al Abdelaziz: Co-Chair of the Paterson Democratic Committee

Dan Smith: Steady hand for Assemblyman Craig Coughlin

Tyler Honschke: Legislative Aide to Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo and longtime right hand to DeAngelo COS Liz Meyers

Junior Romero:  Food & Water Watch organizer in Central Jersey

Joshua Sotomayer-Einstein: Hoboken council candidate and Republican State Committeeman

Nick Mammano: Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Joe Lagana 

Brianna Earle: Senior Associate at Kivvit, Victory 2017 Operations Director

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4 responses to “InsiderNJ’s 50 (And a Few More!) under 30: The Millennial Up and Comers in New Jersey Politics”

  1. Congrats all! Proud to know a lot of these great folks that are improving the lives of people in their communities.

  2. Are you kidding me? How can Michael Suleiman be excluded from a list of the 50 top under 30? He belongs in the Top 10! How many from your list are County Party Chairmen? That would be NONE. Mike has been a senior aide to Sen. Jim Whelan for 5 years, a Municipal Chair, Municipal candidate and now County Chair. Your list has zero credibility without Mike Suleiman.

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