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Wendy Martinez and Dan Smith. (Photos: 1868 Public Affairs).

Big Trenton lobbying firm adds three veteran strategists to their team

1868 Public Affairs announce addition of Dan Smith, Wendy Martinez and Al Harris

By David Wildstein, November 16 2022 4:51 pm

1868 Public Affairs, one of the most influential lobbying firms, is adding three prominent government and political veterans to their team.

The new associates — Dan Smith, Wendy Martinez and Al Harris – will join LeRoy Jones, Patrick Torpey and Idida Rodriguez to expand the firm’s reach as advocates.

“Dan, Wendy and Al come with over 30 years of combined experience in leading and executing strategic and integrated initiatives for top  companies and brands, government agencies and non-profits,” said one of the firm’s partners, Idida Rodriguez. “We are proud to have them as part of our team. ”

Martinez is hugely respected in political circles as a top political strategist who helped Governors Phil Murphy and Jon Corzine and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker – and dozens of county and local candidates — win support and turnout in the state’s Hispanic communities.  She maintains close ties with key members of the clergy across the state.

A former senior advisor to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Smith is a former Mercer County Democratic vice chairman and serves on the Mercer County Improvement Authority.

Harris has served on the Senate and Assembly staffs, as co-founder and executive director of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, as government relations manager of the New Jersey Housing and Finance Mortgage Agency, and as assistant director of government relations for the New Jersey Education Association.

The bi-partisan firm includes: Jones, the New Jersey Democratic State Chairman and Essex County Democratic Chairman; Torpey, a former Hunterdon County Republican Chairman; and Rodriguez, a Democratic strategist and former chief of staff to Assemblywoman (now state senator) Nellie Pou and a former campaign staffer for Menendez, Corzine and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).

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