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Chris Russell

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Since launching his original business, CHRIS RUSSELL CONSULTING, in 2009, Chris has a proven track record of winning tough races.

Lead strategist and direct mail consultant for Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-3) in 2014, helping guide him through a competitive primary and general election in one of the DCCC’s early top national targets and the nation’s most expensive open-seat race. In 2016, we helped the Congressman romp to victory with over 60% of the vote.

Lead strategist and direct mail consultant for former Rep. Jon Runyan’s (NJ-3) first campaign in 2010, when he became the first challenger in 12 years to defeat an incumbent Member of Congress in New Jersey. Then helped Rep. Runyan win re-election in 2012, becoming 1 of just 17 Republicans nationally to win a district Obama also won.

Guided the campaign that helped Republicans notch their only pick-up in the New Jersey State Assembly in 2013, defeating a longtime incumbent in South Jersey.

Produced creative, hard-hitting direct mail for two targeted State House races in North Carolina, helping to earn victories in HD3 and HD49, with the latter being the only GOP pickup in a district that newly-elected GOP U.S. Senator Thom Tillis lost.

Managed the campaign and produced the direct mail for a Philadelphia-based mall owner and a local grassroots citizens group that overturned a century-old ban on liquor sales in a southern New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia.

Produced the direct mail for New Hampshire Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, who scored an upset victory in a March 2014 special election.

In 2015, helped first-time candidates Kate Gibbs and Ryan Peters knock off two Democratic incumbent County Freeholders in a county that President Obama handily won twice and where Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 30,000.

In 2016, served as the direct mail consultant for Congressman-elect John Faso (NY-19) and helped him score decisive victories in both a competitive primary and general election for an open house seat targeted by both parties and independent groups.

In 2016, served as a consultant and guided the direct mail efforts in three competitive New Jersey countywide races, and swept all three despite being drastically outspent in one and overcoming Hillary Clinton winning the other two by a double-digit margin.

In 2017, served as campaign and direct mail consultant for State Assemblyman Chris Brown, who convincingly won an open State Senate seat previously held by the Democrats – the only Republican pickup in the entire State.

A 1995 graduate of Temple University, Chris has won a combined 29 (and counting) Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) and Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections Magazine for his creative work. He also took home the coveted “Rising Star” Award from Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2008 as one of the Top 25 political professionals under the age of 35.

Chris serves as a strategic advisor to Members of Congress, Republican organizations, state legislators, and elected officials on the county and local level. He also advises corporations and issue advocacy groups in New Jersey, as well as nationally and internationally.

Chris currently serves as Chairman of the Temple University Political Science Alumni Advisory Board and as a Member of the Owl Club Board of Directors at his alma mater. Chris has consistently been named one of New Jersey’s top Republican consultants by both The Observer (PolitickerNJ.com) and InsiderNJ, as well as regularly appearing as a guest analyst on programs like NJTV’s On the Record and News 12 New Jersey’s Power & Politics.

Chris lives with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Emma and Alyssa, in Jackson, NJ.

Together, they founded the Caitlin Elizabeth Russell Foundation in 2006 in honor of their firstborn daughter, who passed away from complications of premature birth at the age of 4 months. Since its inception, Caitlin’s Foundation has raised more than a half-million dollars to help premature babies and their families.

 

Michael Lawler

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At age 31, already a prominent political operative in New York State, Michael brings experience as a statewide Campaign Manager and State Party Executive Director to his new role as campaign consultant and strategist.

A New York native, Michael started his political career in 2008 on the Presidential campaign of United States Senator John McCain. He then spent four years at the New York Republican State Committee, including nearly two-and-a-half years as Executive Director, coinciding with a resurgence that saw Republicans take back control of the New York State Senate, elect seven new Republican Members of Congress, and make significant gains across the state with County Executives, District Attorneys, Sheriff’s, Clerks and County Legislators.

In 2014, Michael managed the underdog gubernatorial campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Despite being outspent $46 million to $6 million, Astorino earned kudos for running just 11 points behind Cuomo and winning 46 of New York’s 62 counties. Michael also advises Astorino in his role as Westchester County Executive, where he has been elected twice in a county Hillary Clinton won by 30% in 2016.

A 2009 graduate of Manhattan College, where he was named Valedictorian, Michael earned a degree in Business Administration, double majoring in Accounting and Finance. He earned induction into Beta Gamma Sigma and Epsilon Sigma Pi. While at Manhattan, Michael also served as President of Beta Alpha Psi, Chairman of the Dean of Business Student Advisory Committee, and a member of the Dean of Business Search Committee.

An avid New York Yankees fan, one of Michael’s first jobs was as a vendor at Yankee Stadium. In his spare time, Michael enjoys golfing, bike riding, and running. He also appears as a guest political analyst on NY1’s Road to City Hall.

A lifelong Rockland County resident, Michael lives with his wife Doina in Pearl River, NY, where he currently serves as town Chairman of the Orangetown Republican Committee.

 

Harrison Neely

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Harrison graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in political science in 2009 and jumped straight into New Jersey politics working as legislative aide and district political director for NJ Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean where he successfully managed the Senator’s re-election in 2011.

In 2013 Harrison expanded his skillset by serving as the Deputy Director to the NJ Senate Republican Majority statewide campaign. There headed candidate recruitment and training efforts and helped manage a $2.5 million dollar budget.

He then went on to work as the Political Director for NJ 3rd district Congressman Tom MacArthur’s successful primary and general elections where he developed and managed a sophisticated, data-driven field plan the helped yield an eleven percent victory in one of the most targeted and competitive house seats in the country.

In 2017 Harrison served as the Executive Director to Senate Republican Majority, the political arm of the New Jersey Senate Republican Caucus. He ran a statewide operation where he recruited and trained legislative candidates and played a crucial role on the only competitive legislative campaign in 2017 where a Republican flipped a Democrat incumbent seat.

Harrison brings a unique background to the table having high-level experience in tough campaigns and also public policy. He has worked for the NJ Senate Republican Caucus as a Policy Analyst and also their Director of Constituent Relations where he became an expert in legislative research and also managed a statewide effort to expand the brand of the Caucus.

As a graduate of the RNC Campaign Management College, Harrison has extensive political training and education. He has a thirst for knowledge when it comes to keeping up with the cutting edge of innovations in political campaigning.

Harrison was named to the 2017 PolitickerNJ Power list the ObserverNJ 2015 and 2016 30 under list.