Election Law, Redistricting & Vote By Mail Panel

Christine Hanlon

Monmouth County Clerk

Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. has served as Monmouth County Clerk since 2015. She has worked since then to modernize the office and improve outreach to the residents of Monmouth County. Before her election, Prior to becoming clerk, she practiced law for over 20 years, most recently at Archer & Greiner. Her legal work focused on government affairs and municipal law. She is also a former Commissioner on the Monmouth County Board of Elections, serving as Secretary for two years.

Christine earned her law degree from Fordham University in 1992, following graduation from Barnard College at Columbia University. She served as Law Clerk to the Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and then as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York.

Christine lives in Ocean Township with her husband and four children.

Chris Russell

Checkmate Strategies

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

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

As an award-winning direct mail consultant, Chris has won over 30 (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.

A 1995 graduate of Temple University, Chris currently serves as a Member of the 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 ( 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.

Don Katz


Don is the longest serving State Committeeman on the NJ Republican State Committee and has served as Counsel to the Middlesex County Republican Organization for some 35 years and has presented numerous seminars on Election Day challenging and election law for over 40 years. Don has been involved in election law since he attended his first recount as a college student. He was appointed by Governor Kean to the NJ Election Law Advisory Council in 1989 in recognition of his election law expertise.

He has been active with the Republican Party in New Jersey since he first started as a teenager in 1964 passing out literature for Barry Goldwater in the Jewish sections of Perth Amboy. Over the years, he has held many different positions such as a campaign manager for a congressional and an assembly campaign, as a municipal party chair, candidate for county office, etc. He has chaired may Middlesex County “Lawyers For” groups and election day challenger operations for numerous Republican candidates for many different offices, including for Governors Kean, Whitman and Christie, and served as part of the leadership of many statewide “Lawyers for” Groups and was also the Middlesex County Chair for the Statewide Kean-Florio Recount in 1981.

Don has been a Commissioner of the Middlesex County Board of Elections since 2004 and is one of only a handful of Commissioners who have completed the multi-day Rutgers Center for Government Services “Basic County Election Administration” Course and the only Commissioner who attended the State Re-Warding Course following the 2010 Census and, as a Board of Elections Commissioner, served on the Re-Warding Commissions for 5 Middlesex County municipalities in 2010-11.

Don has a long history of involvement and leadership in numerous governmental, charitable and civic organizations, including the Boy Scouts (Council Executive Board, Attorney, Eagle Scout), East Brunswick Sewerage Authority (Chairman), NJ Council on Local Mandates (Vice Chair), Middlesex County 200 Club (Counsel), Middlesex County Bar Association (Committee Chair), Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity (Regional Officer/State Alumni Chapter Officer), Central NJ Mensa (Election Overseer), Jewish Federation of Middlesex County (Board Member), Jewish Renaissance Foundation (Board Member), East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce and the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation (Board Member/Officer), League of Historical Societies of New Jersey (Board Member), as well as numerous other organizations.

Don resides in East Brunswick with his wife, Sue Tisiker, who was a founder and the long time President, as well as a present officer, of the Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club and is a Member of the Board of Governors and a former Treasurer of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women as well as being the Chief of Staff to Senator Sam Thompson.

Angelo Lamberto

Angelo graduated from Rosemont College with a BA in Political Science and History in 2015. After graduation, Angelo served as Burlington County GOP’s Field Director in 2016. There, he managed their field program, increasing the number of total doors knocked, and assisted in the recruitment of interns and volunteers.

During the 2017 Primary, Angelo furthered his political skill by joining the Ciattarelli for Governor Campaign as a Regional Field Director. He covered all of South Jersey for the campaign, helping to lead to primary victories in multipleCounties. Angelo returned to Burlington County as their Field Director where he continued to lead their field program to another impressive year of Voter Contact.

In 2018, Angelo joined the Bob Hugin for Senate campaign as a Regional Political Director. Through the primary he covered half of South Jersey, before being promoted to Vote by Mail Director in charge of overseeing and managing a first of its kind vote by mail program. He oversaw a multimillion-dollar program, including hundreds of paid walkers, a push and chase program, and all the data associated with nearly half a million people in the universe.

In 2019, Angelo managed one of the top Assembly races in the state in the 8th District. Grossly outspent, Angelo was able to create a grassroots focused campaign specifically targeting voters and marrying both a field and vote by mail plan to ensure success. His vote by mail plan kept pace with the Democrats in the district and played a major part in their victory.

Angelo brings years of grassroots experience to any campaign he works on as well as incredible knowledge of the ever-changing New Jersey Vote by Mail laws, and how to make an impact through Vote by Mail. Angelo is a graduate of the RNC’s Campaign Manager College and was named to the 2016 Save Jersey 30 under 30 list.

Tim Howes

Tim Howes is an election attorney who serves as Special Counsel to the NJGOP, and as consigliere to the Somerset County Republican Organization.

Adam Kincaid

National Republican Redistricting Trust

Adam Kincaid is the Executive Director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust and Fair Lines America.

Prior to becoming the NRRT’s first Executive Director Adam worked as the Special Projects Director at the Republican National Committee; as the Redistricting Coordinator, Southeastern Political Director, and National Data Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Deputy Political Director and Director of Policy and Research for the Republican Governors Association. His first job in politics was as the Voter Programs Director for the Georgia Republican Party.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University where he double majored in History and Religion and a Masters in Public Administration with a Specialization in Public Policy from the University of Georgia.

Adam grew up all over the south – calling North Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Georgia home – before settling in Virginia over a decade ago. He and his wife live in Northern Virginia with their four sons.

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