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1. Princeton Public Affairs Group -- $9.4 millionLed by Dale Florio and Bradley Brewster, Princeton Public Affairs also has two former legislators on staff. It has held the top spot among New Jersey lobbyists for the past 13 years. It also ranked second in spending behind the NJEA, reporting $3.7 million in expenditures last year. ELEC data shows the firm had 203 clients running. At the low end, ADPP, which owns gas stations and convenience stores, paid $700. At the high end, the Balloon Council spent more than $267,000 to hire them. The firm's eclectic client base ranged from the popular D'Jais Bar in Belmar to the Coalition to Deter Drunken Driving.
2. Public Strategies Impact LLC -- $6.4 millionThis firm is led by two former gubernatorial advisers: Democrat Harold Hodes and Republican Roger Bodman. The men merged their separate firms in 1986 to create this public affairs giant in New Jersey. It spent nearly $2.8 million last year, ranking it the third biggest spender on lobbying. Public Strategies had 128 clients in 2015, ranging from the North Hanover Board of Education ($3,500 paid) to the American Institute of Architects of NJ ($240,000).
3. MBI GluckShaw -- $3.8 millionAlso created by the merger of two prominent firms, this public-affairs group boasts five former lawmakers, as well as former cabinet members, mayors, and other high-ranking officials. MBI GluckShaw had 91 clients, including Verizon and Century Link, Six Flags Great Adventure, and the New Jersey Deer Farmers Association. The nearly $2.1 million it spent ranked it fourth in the state last year.
4. Gibbons PC -- $2.64 millionThis is a lawyer-lobbying firm, with its main office in Newark but its government affairs section in Trenton near the Statehouse. Gibbons spent close to $1.1 million on lobbying last year, placing it eighth in the state. The firm had 39 clients. Its biggest was Grant Thornton LLP, an accounting and auditing firm.
5. Cammarano, Layton and Bombardieri Partners -- $2.61 millionThis firm took in slightly less in fees than Gibbons, but had more clients -- 47 -- and spent more, nearly $1.3 million, making it the seventh-biggest spender last year. Its diverse group of clients include Yahoo ($60,000), Dave and Buster's ($60,000), and the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa ($108,000).
6. Kaufman Zita Group LLC -- $2.5 millionWith one former Assemblyman and former legislative and state party staff as lobbyists, Kaufman Zita had 46 clients last year. The Independent Energy Producers of NJ was its largest client ($250,000). Kaufman Zita ranked 10th in total expenditures, spending about $890,000.
7. ABOUT 1868 PUBLIC AFFAIRSFounded in 2005 with the merger of several existing firms, 1868 Public Affairs is a full service government and public affairs consultancy with offices in Trenton, New Jersey. The partners and staff of 1868 Public Affairs possess diverse backgrounds and skills reflective of the complex government and business environments in which they work. Every advocacy need of our clients can be met by 1868 Public Affairs.
The name of our firm pays homage to the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified on July 28, 1868. As the most significant post-Civil War adoption, the 14th Amendment includes the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses that have formed the basis for ending legal discrimination and have become the foundation of individual liberty in modern times.
Conscious of these principles, we at 1868 Public Affairs are aggressive and forceful advocates for the rights and interests of our clients. We stand ready to help you win the day in the government or business marketplace.Leroy Jones Jr.
Leroy@1868PublicAffairs.comLeRoy Jones joined 1868 Public Affairs after a distinguished career as a State Legislator, County Freeholder and municipal government administrator. He served four terms in the New Jersey General Assembly – including two years as Deputy Minority Leader – where he worked on the Appropriations, Regulatory Oversight, Solid Waste and Recycling, Financial Institutions and Local Government committees, as well as the Assembly Task Force on Foreign Banking and Task Force on Business Retention and Expansion. He also served on the State House Commission.
Optimus Partners LLC -- $1.8 millionFounded six years ago by Jeff Michaels, former state GOP and Senate Republican staffer and chief of staff to Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, and Philip Norcross, the brother of a congressman and the man considered South Jersey's Democratic party boss, this firm was the sixth-biggest spender statewide ($1.4 million). It had 18 clients, the largest of which was the Casino Association of New Jersey ($175,000).
8. MWW Group -- $1.5 millionWith offices in both Trenton and East Rutherford, five other U.S. cities and London, this firm reported 36 clients to the New Jersey’s ELEC. Its largest was Amaya Gaming ($110,000).
9. Capital Impact Group -- $1.3 millionLocated across the street from the Statehouse, Capital Impact had 31 clients last year. The largest of these was Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company ($228,000).
10. Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP -- $1.2 millionThis well-known law firm also does lobbying. It had 40 clients last year, with the largest being the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ($108,000).
Video parody featuring Governor Christie and Senator Cory Booker produced by Governor's office shown at 2012 Legislative Correspondents Club Dinner
Lobbyists Financial Report Summary 2016
(Top ten firms ranked by receipts)
Source: New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission
Complete 2015 Lobbyists Annual Reports
(MS Excel file)
* New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission
* New Jersey State Legislature Official Web Site
* The List: Top Garden State Lobbying Firms that Collected the Most Fees, 4/18/2016, NJ Spotlight
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