Grassroots Conservative Policy Panel

Kelly Ann Hart

Kelly Ann Hart is a leading conservative activist from Hardyston, NJ. She has been working and volunteering in politics for over 22 years.

She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Sussex County Republican Committee. Working with a principled, ideologically-centered team, they have turned their region into a bastion of conservatism — big on reform, big on transparency, and opposed to government overreach. She previously served as the municipal chair in Hardyston, as a campaign manager on top-flight races in the state, federal, county, and local levels and as a grassroots leader for conservative issues in the region.

JR Carman

New Jersey Constitutional Republicans

J.R. Carman founded the New Jersey Constitutional Republicans in 2017 to call for the restoration of the initial principles of the Republican Party; educate our citizens on civics, natural rights, and the virtues of democratic, constitutional, republican government, advocate for self-governance, preserve the structure and original intent of the Constitution, and unify all freedom and liberty loving citizens into one reformed Republican Party. J.R. has created a new office of the New Jersey Constitutional Republicans entitled, “Constitutional Republican Academia,” to create an environment or community, concerned with the pursuit of research, education and scholarship. J.R has worked in the Nuclear Business for the last 9 years and prior, was a Professional Golfer’s Association member, working 35 years in the Golf business. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber & Network Security from Wilmington University. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Hopewell Township in Cumberland County.

Anthony Colandro

Current NRA Board member. Executive VP N.J. State NRA Association. Host of hit radio show ”°Gun For Hire Radio” (1,000,000+ listeners nationwide). Owner, Gun For Hire Range, N.J.’s leading training facility & indoor gun range. Aggressive, outspoken 2A defender for 36+ years in tough N.J. battleground. Helped defeat legislative attacks. Numerous TV, radio appearances (including Fox News). Strong Right to Carry advocate (helped bring pending NJ law challenge to U.S. Supreme Court). Hosted three consecutive record-breaking FNRA dinners. NRA Master Training Counselor, longtime certified instructor, chief RSO. NRA committee service: Education & Training, Range Development, Clubs & Associations. NRA National Awards (2017): Trainer of Distinction, Second Amendment Activist Center of the Year. Avid shooter, collector. Supports NRA competitions, Women on Target, Eddie Eagle. Lifelong NJ resident born in Newark.

Shawn Hyland

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

Shawn, an ordained minister since 2006, is responsible for leading and directing policy strategy, political strategy and mobilization efforts for Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey. His experience in forming coalitions positions him well to encourage diverse citizens to stay engaged and elected officials to stand firm for religious freedom, life, marriage and the rights of parents and students.

Before joining Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, Shawn was the founder and president of Move the Earth – a ministry dedicated to reversing the trend of unbelief. His desire to build biblical unity and teach world view clarity led to the formation of a network of pastors across many denominational, racial and cultural backgrounds. He firmly believes the Church needs a spirit of unity and a sense of urgency to rebuild the foundations of moral truth in our culture.

Shawn also served as the New Jersey State Coordinator for Christians United for Israel, leading large group lobbying efforts in Washington DC for a number of years.

Shawn is a graduate from Valor Christian College in Columbus, OH. He and his wife Glennys have four children. In his spare time, Shawn loves spending time with his family, reading and drinking coffee.

Marie Tasy

New Jersey Right to Life

Marie Tasy is currently the Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life. Marie Tasy has been recognized on behalf of her work for the most vulnerable in society. Marie was the recipient of the 2006 Diocese of Metuchen Pro-Vita Award, the 2006 recipient of the Life Choices Resource Center in Metuchen, NJ’s Faithful Servant Award, the recipient of the 2004 National Eagle Forum Faith and Family Award and the 2001 recipient of the Friend of Adoption Award by the Washington, D.C. based National Council for Adoption. Marie Tasy was one of 40 NJ women given the Women of Achievement Award for Women’s History Month in 2001 by the NJ Legislature.

Marie works with federal and state legislators and helped craft and spearhead important legislative bills, some of which successfully passed both houses of the legislature. Some of these include the NJ Safe Haven Infant Protection Act, the NJ Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and the NJ Parental Notification Act. She also helped craft the NJ Parental Notification Constitutional Amendment Act, the NJ Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the NJ Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and other pro-life legislation. In 2007, Marie orchestrated a legal and educational campaign to help defeat a deceptive $450M Stem Cell Ballot Referendum which would have used taxpayer money to fund the cloning and killing of human beings. She served on the Bush-Cheney 04 NJ Transition Team and the 04 Bush-Cheney Catholic Outreach Team.

In addition to her duties as Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life, Marie has given guest lectures and presentations at High Schools and Universities and often participates in Panel Discussions and Debates. She has led Press Conferences, Lobbying Days and Rallies at the State House. She frequently testifies before Legislative Committees on issues which affect the sanctity of human life. She is an Advisory Board Member for Life Choices Pregnancy Center in Philipsburg, NJ and the NJ Interfaith Breakfast for Life Committee and served on the State’s Safe Haven Awareness Promotion Task Force. Governor Christie appointed her to the Genetic Counsel Advisory Committee, on which she presently serves. She is married and the mother of three daughters and three grandsons.

Lt. Steve Rogers

In 1974, Lt. Rogers joined the East Orange NJ police department and served there until 1976, when he joined the Township of Nutley, N.J. police department until he retired in 2011 as a Detective Lieutenant, Commander of the police department’s criminal investigation division.

In 1991, Lt. Rogers was appointed by the NJ Attorney General to teach Community Policing methodologies at the Israeli National Police Academy, Beit Shemesh, Israel.

In 2008, Lt. Rogers was elected to the Nutley, N.J. school district Board of Education, and in 2012, he was elected to the Nutley, N.J. Board of Commissioners (City Council), and re-elected to that position in May, 2016. He term-limited himself and will leave office in May 2020. During his tenure as a Nutley Commissioner he established the first fully functional municipal government Military & Veterans Affairs Bureau in New Jersey.

Lt. Steven Rogers served in the United States Air Force from 1970 until he was honorably discharged in 1974.

In 1986, Lt. Rogers enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves and served with the Office of Naval Intelligence until he retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004. During his navy career he served as the Deputy Director Intelligence Support Group, Homeland Security; Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, and assigned as the U.S. Northern Command’s Senior Military Intelligence Officer to the FBI National Joint Terrorism Task Force, Washington, D.C.

Lt. Rogers has a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. He also completed courses of study in military strategy at the United States Naval War College, Rhode Island; and the Global Terrorism, United Nations, New York City.

Lt. Rogers is an author of several books and is a frequent guest commenter on FOX News, CNN and other national and international media outlets. He is president of Rogers for America and serves on the President Donald J. Trump for President Campaign Advisory Board, 2020. Lt. Rogers is married and has 3 grown children. In 2005, Lt. Rogers was a member of an animal rescue team when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana.

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