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2021 Statewide Leadership Summit

Flipping Jersey Panel- 9:45AM

Every year is a new election cycle in New Jersey and this year we have an opportunity to elect a Republican
governor, change the make-up of the Legislature and turn our State around.

 

Moderator: Harrison Neely

Harrison has produced winning media campaigns in states from Alaska to New Jersey. This includes the 2018 PA-48 House special election campaign on behalf of the RSLC, where a Republican now occupies that seat for the first time in the district’s history. He has served as the Caucus Director for the NJ Senate Republicans where they flipped two seats under his leadership and as the Communications Director for the New Jersey Republican Party.

Harrison brings a unique background to the table having high-level experience in tough campaigns in addition to public policy. He has worked for the NJ Senate Republican Caucus as a Policy Analyst and their Director of Constituent Relations where he became an expert in legislative research and 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 most recently named NJ Globe’s 2020 Consultant of the Year and has previously been named to NJ Globe Power list (2019, 2020), PolitickerNJ Power list (2017), and ObserverNJ 30 under 30 list (2015).

 

 

Mayor Sarah Neibart

Sarah Neibart is the Mayor of Mendham Township.

Sarah worked as Deputy Campaign Manager for Bob Hugin’s Campaign for the United States Senate. Before that, she served as the Statewide Political Director for Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadgano’s Campaign for Governor. In 2016, Sarah was the National Ballot Access Director for the Chris Christie for President Campaign.

In addition to her work on campaigns, Sarah is a Government Contractor and assists the federal government with assessing and evaluating its technology programs.

Sarah has never voted for a tax increase and is leading the fight against the growing problems posed by excessive taxes. In 2017, Sarah founded Citizens for Accountable Taxation (CAT), an organization focused on educating New Jersey residents on our highest-in-the-nation property taxes and the negative impact that these taxes have on residents and businesses across the state.

In March 2018, Sarah entered public service when she was appointed to the Mendham Township Committee. In November 2018, Sarah was re-elected and was voted Deputy Mayor by her colleagues in January 2019. In January 2020, Sarah was voted Mayor and in January 2021 she was re-elected Mayor.

In addition to her political and professional accomplishments, Sarah is a volunteer firefighter and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Taxation Policy at Georgetown. Sarah graduated from the University of Wisconsin Honors Program with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. Sarah speaks English, Arabic and Hebrew and has spent significant time living and traveling around the Middle East. She currently resides in Mendham Township with her husband, their ten pet pigs, and miniature schnauzer Webster.

 

Amanda Woloshen Glass

Amanda Woloshen Glass is Senior Vice President at Checkmate Strategies .

A senior political strategist and government affairs specialist with an expertise in the areas of public affairs, communications, messaging, and campaign management. Her proven record of success in campaign management and successfully building issue-oriented and diverse grassroots coalitions stems from her ability to keep an eye on the big picture while using precision to focus on the elements needed to win. Amanda’s extensive experience on Capitol Hill has fostered her strong working relationships with government and elected officials that bridges both sides of the aisle – within New Jersey and beyond.

Amanda’s passion for politics began volunteering on a Presidential campaign as a teenager and she is proud to have managed her first successful congressional campaign by the age of 23. She went on to serve as a senior aide to U.S. Congressman Mike Ferguson and managed his campaigns until his retirement in 2008.

Notably she served as the campaign manager for New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance’s campaign for Congress in 2008, winning not only a seven-way primary but defeating the challenger in the general election, after being outspent 4 to 1 in what was one of the most competitive races in the country.

Following the victory, Amanda went on to serve as Congressman Lance’s State Director.

In addition, Amanda has managed and consulted on local, county, state legislative and state-wide elections.

Most recently, she managed a successful U.S Senate Primary Campaign amid New Jersey’s first all vote-by-mail election.

She is proud to be a mentor and guest speaker for the Ready to Run program with the Center for Woman in Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Recognized as “Top 40

Under 40” by leading New Jersey political and government news website, Amanda is also a frequent guest political commentator on NJTV.

She and her husband David reside in New Jersey where they were both born and raised.

 

Senator Michael Testa

On his father’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 later became a Judge, despite not even speaking English until 1st grade. Michael’s father went on to start and build their family law firm.

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

Sen. 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.

At age 26, Sen. Testa was named 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, Sen. 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.

As a political candidate, Michael Testa promised to stand up for South Jersey and be a check-and-balance on Governor Phil Murphy’s radical agenda.

In 2019, Sen. Testa was elected to the New Jersey State Senate to represent the First Legislative District and is a member of the Senate Budget and Labor committees.

During the 2020 COVID Pandemic, Sen. Testa dedicated his time to assisting the families of the First Legislative District. With Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan, Testa helped nearly 4,000 residents receive the unemployment benefits they deserved.

The Senator strongly opposed Gov. Murphy’s State shutdown and introduced legislation, S-2482, which would limit executive orders issued by the Governor to 14 days unless the Legislature passes a concurrent resolution extending the duration.

As an attorney, Testa represented New Jersey small businesses to allow owners to re-open their stores. Testa fought against Murphy’s State shutdown as the Governor picked “winners and losers” by allowing big box stores to stay open and forcing small businesses, gun stores, and religious institutions to close.

In addition, Sen. Testa rose again to oppose Governor Murphy’s law, which allowed the State to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state’s budget. Due to Testa’s lawsuit, the New Jersey Supreme Court required the State to borrow only the amount the state lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the State was only able to borrow $4.5 billion to balance the State Budget.

Sen. Testa has been a vocal advocate for Election Integrity. After Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order that created a full Vote by Mail 2020 General Election, the Senator challenged the executive order in court as the order violated the United States and New Jersey State constitutions.

In addition, the Senator joined a legislative bill package which would:
• Require the attorney general to set up a voter fraud task force (S-3053);
• Suspend automatic voter registration at places like the state Motor Vehicle Commission until standards and procedures to maintain accuracy are established (S-3025);
• Require commissioners of registration to move voters with undeliverable addresses to the inactive rolls under a specific time frame (S-2936); and • Require the secretary of state’s website to provide a place to report vote-by-mail irregularities and set up a vote-by-mail study commission (S 3109).

During his first year as a State Senator, Michael Testa kept his promise and he was a proven leader that placed New Jersey’s residents first and provided a check-and-balance on Governor Phil Murphy and Trenton Democrats.

 

Edith Jorge-Tuñón

Edith Jorge-Tuñón has over a decade of political experience, ranging from overseeing the national Coalitions program at the Republican National Committee during the 2018 midterm elections, to directing national field efforts at the Koch Network’s LIBRE Initiative during the 2016 election cycle. Formerly the Political Director for Governor Susana Martinez’s re-election campaign, Edith built a grassroots program that helped win the New Mexico statehouse for the first time in over 50 years. Prior to that, she helped Governor Chris Christie secure the Hispanic vote in NJ during his re-election campaign by 51%. Edith is currently the Deputy Executive Director at the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the only national organization committed to electing republicans at the state level.

 

Assemblyman Ryan Peters

Ryan Peters was sworn in as an assemblyman in January 2018.

Peters is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in political science, later earning a law degree from Rutgers New Brunswick.

As a Navy SEAL he served on multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and currently is the lieutenant commander for SEAL Team 18 in the Naval Reserve.

Peters was a freeholder in Burlington County from 2016 to 2018, and served on the Mount Laurel Zoning Board from 2013 to 2014.

He lives in Hainesport with his wife, a daughter and two sons.