The Mowers campaign finance chairs are Christopher Vincze, who was a member of Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign finance committee, and Bill Greiner, a longtime New Hampshire GOP leader backed Christie for president.
Several close Christie allies are serving as event chairs for the Mowers fundraiser: his longtime political strategist, Michael DuHaime; former State Investment Council chairman Bob Grady; veteran New Jersey GOP fundraisers Munr Kazmir and Jerry Langer; Mendham Township Mayor Sarah Neibart; Republican National Committeeman from New Jersey Bill Palatucci; and Phil Cox, who served as executive director of the National Governor’s Association under Christie and later headed his political action committee.
Mowers grew up in New Jersey and began working in GOP campaigns as a teenager. He was involved on Christie’s 2009 campaign against Gov. Jon Corzine and worked in the Office of the Governor.
Mowers was working on Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign when he accepted a post as executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party for the following cycle.
Exporting Mowers to New Hampshire was all part of a plan to help Christie get a foothold into the first-in-the-nation primary two years early. A top Christie advisor with relationships in New Hampshire had strongly lobbied then-New Hampshire GOP State chair Jennifer Horn to hire him.
Mowers ran Christie’s New Hampshire primary campaign.
He later joined the 2016 Trump campaign as National Field Coordinator & Battleground States Director.
Mowers served at the U.S. Department of State as a senior White House advisor and as chief of staff and chief policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.
Pappas won an open seat by a 54%-45% margin in 2018 following the retirement of Rep. Carol Shea Porter. Trump won the district by a 48%-46% margin in 2016.