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Brittany Wheeler. (Photo: Brittany Wheeler).

Bankers Association hires top Ciattarelli aide, signaling possible increase in political activity after court ruling

Federal appellate court overturned Woodrow Wilson’s law banning banking trade group from contributing to N.J. candidates

By David Wildstein, December 14 2022 3:58 pm

Three months after the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a state law enacted over 100 years ago prohibiting banks from providing financial support to candidates did not apply to trade groups, the New Jersey Bankers Association has named a seasoned political operative to a top post in their organization.

Brittany Wheeler, who served as political director of Republican Jack Ciattarelli’s 2017 and 2021 gubernatorial campaigns, will become the vice president and government affairs director of the bankers’ group, later this month.

“Brittany will be a great asset to the association, stated Mike Affuso, the NJBA president. “She has the right energy, combination of political and legislative experience, and a commitment to excellence that will help move the Association and banking industry forward.”

The hiring of Wheeler signals an intent by the bankers trade group to step up their political operation as New Jersey prepares for the 2023 legislative midterm elections.

Wheeler worked for Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) and was chief of staff to Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff).  She’s also worked on campaigns in New Hampshire and Louisiana and was named one of the Best Political Operatives of 2021 by the New Jersey Globe.

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