Winners & Best Practices Panel


Matthew Moench

Bridgewater Mayor

First elected to the Bridgewater Township Council in 2007, at the age of 25, Matthew served for twelve years on the council before challenging a two-term incumbent in the Republican Primary for Bridgewater Mayor. Outspent more than 3-1, Matthew won the primary 63% to 37%, carrying or tying in thirty-five of Bridgewater’s thirty-six voting districts. Matthew went on to win the general election by nearly 60% and his 6,532 votes represent the most votes ever cast for a candidate for mayor in Bridgewater history. Moench and his team attribute his victory to an aggressive, disciplined ground game, a coordinated vote-by-mail program, and an intensive voter identification effort that bucked local trends in a year when Somerset County flipped to Democrat control.

Matthew is an attorney with the law firm of King, Moench, Hirniak & Mehta, LLP, where he focuses on litigation and municipal law. Matthew formerly served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Government Relations to Governor Chris Christie, and Assistant Commissioner at the Department of Banking and Insurance. A lifelong Bridgewater resident, Matthew is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School and Rutgers College.


Theresa Winegar

Theresa Winegar has been a leader in the New Jersey Republican Party since she joined Chris Christie’s successful 2009 campaign for Governor. She has also worked on key national campaigns in battleground territories across the country, including a statewide role in Iowa for Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign as Director of Voter Contact.

Theresa has extensive experience at all levels of New Jersey’s political spectrum, from serving in the Governor’s office as a Special Aide, to managing Congressman Frelinghuysen’s re-election campaign before serving as his District Director.  Theresa joined the NJGOP in 2016 and coordinated New Jersey’s National Convention Delegation activities in Cleveland. She transitioned shortly thereafter to Political Director before being named Executive Director in 2017.

While at the state party, Winegar oversaw the NJGOP’s largest legislative gains in 28 years. As Executive Director, she oversaw a successful fundraising operation that saw a 450% increase in donors, managed multi-million dollar annual budgets that included statewide media and field campaigns, and helped establish the annual Statewide Leadership Summit; an annual Summit with upwards of 600 attendees.

Theresa has been named as a ‘Right Women to Watch’ for three years in a row on SaveJersey.com and was listed on InsiderNJ’s 2019 Insider 100 Power list. She Currently serves as Campaign Manager for Senetor Tom Kean, Jr and lives in Lambertville with her husband Wells, and dog Finnegan.


Matthew Woolley

2019 LD11 NJ General Assembly Candidate

Matthew Woolley ran to represent Legislative District 11 in the NJ General Assembly in the 2019 General Election. Outspent twelve to one against two-term incumbents in a district with over 14,000 more registered Democrats than registered Republicans, he delivered a three point race.

He has recently taken on a new position as a political grassroots manager at a national, small business association. Matthew’s prior roles include a studio technician at a regional sports network, political affairs specialist at a Fortune 50 telecommunications and media corporation, New Jersey legislative staffer, and program manager at a Monmouth County-based, health care education firm. He is active with several community organizations and a former member of the Monmouth County Environmental Council.

Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University in 2012, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in politics and television production and a minor in Spanish. Born and raised in Monmouth County, he resides in Ocean Township.


Holly Schepisi

Assemblywoman

Holly Schepisi has been an Assemblywoman since 2012. Assemblywoman Schepisi represents the 39th Legislative District, which includes portions of Bergen and Passaic County. Assemblywoman Schepisi earned Bachelor’s degrees in politics and psychology in 1993 from Catholic University of America and a law degree from Fordham University Law School in 1997.

Assemblywoman Schepisi began a new career in April 2019 as Vice President of Holy Name Medical Center and President of its Foundation. Prior to this new role, she was special counsel at the law firm of Huntington Bailey, LLP, where she practiced governmental law, corporate law, land use law, employment matters, criminal defense, and structured finance law.

Experienced in public issues, she served as the public defender for the Borough of Oakland from 2012 to 2014, and was the township attorney for River Vale from 2007 to 2011. She is a board member of the Bergen Community College Foundation and serves as an advisory board member of SB One Bank.

Assemblywoman Schepisi serves as the Deputy Republican Leader for her caucus, and serves as a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Housing Committee.

The Assemblywoman resides in River Vale with her husband and two children.


Michael Testa

Senator

Michael L. Testa, Jr.’s family has deep roots in Cumberland County and South Jersey.

On his dad’s side, his great-grandparents emigrated from Italy to secure a better future for their children and themselves.

His grandfather became the first elected Mayor of the City of Vineland and went on to become a Judge, despite not even speaking English until the 1st grade. Micheal’s father went on to start and build their family law firm.

On his mom’s side, his grandparents were Polish Jews who met in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and were, thank God, freed by Allied soldiers. After the war, they came to the United States, where his mom was born. They settled in Buena and his family ran a chicken farm.

Senator Testa is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and received his Masters at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He and his wife Julie live in Vineland with their three children, Eva Marie, Sarah, and Tripp.

Julie is the engine that makes the Testa family go. She is a former Miss New Jersey, and currently a school librarian in Vineland.

At 26, Senator Testa was the Board Chairman of the Vineland Downtown Improvement District/Main Street Vineland. He is a proud member of the Greater Vineland Chapter of the NAACP, and Past Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties.

As the incredibly proud father of two little girls, Senator Testa has been the Board President of the Vineland Regional Dance company for several years, and was the 2016 recipient of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance Paul Aiken Encore Award for his dedication to the arts in South Jersey.

In 2019, Senator Testa was elected to the New Jersey State Senate to represent the First Legislative District.


Nancy Muñoz

Assemblywoman

Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz was sworn into office on May 21, 2009, to complete the unexpired term of her late husband Assemblyman Eric Muñoz, M.D. On November 3, 2015 she was elected to her fourth 2-year term representing the 21st Legislative District, which includes 16 towns in Morris, Somerset and Union Counties.

Assemblywoman Muñoz is a graduate of Skidmore College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing; she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from Hunter College. She has worked as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, in the Recovery Room at Mass General and Bellevue Hospitals, the Emergency Room at Lenox Hill Hospital and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Ambulatory Care Center.

Assemblywoman Muñoz is the Republican Conference Leader and is the highest ranking Republican women in the Legislature. She currently serves on the Assembly Health Committee, Assembly Budget Committee, Assembly Women and Children Committee, Legislative Services Commission as well as the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She was appointed by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence, and continues to work with members of the Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and the Legislature to ensure that excellent policies and practices are in place across the State to protect the victims of domestic violence. As a health care professional, Assemblywoman Muñoz has experience in both the delivery of health care and the insurance industry, as she was a Healthcare Risk Management consultant for Continental Insurance HealthCare. She is focused on the tremendous challenges New Jersey faces in terms of public health policy and needs.

Assemblywoman Muñoz is the mother of five adult children and one grandchild and resides in Summit. She was the former president of the PTA/PTO at the grammar, middle and high schools, and President of the Presidents Council, representing all the schools. She was a member of the Safety Committee, the Communications Committee and the Traffic Committee for Summit, as well as a member of Summit Junior Fortnightly and other volunteer organizations in Summit.

Assemblywoman Muñoz is the prime sponsor of the Jessica Lunsford Act, signed into law on June 2, 2014, which will increase penalties of sexual offenders and the people who harbor them. She is the Prime Sponsor of “Ricci’s Law” which was approved as P.L. 2009, c.201 which revises ignition interlock device requirements for certain drunk driving offenders if their BAC exceeds 0.15%. She is the Prime Sponsor of the Consumer Access to Health Care, legislation that will allow Advanced Practice Nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. She was instrumental in getting P.L.2015, c.38. signed into law, which permits attending Advanced Practice Nurses to determine the cause of death and execute the death certification of their patient.


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