Former Gov. Chris Christie and former U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa are joining Mike DuHaime’s new public affairs firm, MAD Global, as members of their advisory board.
Former Attorney General Christopher Porrino is also taking an advisory board position at the DuHaime firm, addition to holding a similar post at Mercury.
“This is a great opportunity for me to work again with Mike DuHaime , a person I have known and trusted for 25 years,” said Christie. “Chris, Jeff and I have seen the value of his strategic thinking and ability to execute firsthand. We look forward to working with MAD Global to get results.”
DuHaime was Christie’s top strategist when he ran for governor in 2009 and 2013, and for president in 2016.
After thirteen years running their New Jersey operations and as a partner at their international firm, DuHaime left Mercury at the end of 2021. His move came after issues with the firm’s California, New York and London officers triggered a revamping of the company.
Last month, DuHaime announced that Laura Matos, a prominent New Jersey Democrat, was leaving Kivvit to become a partner at MAD Global.
“We are just at the beginning of our growth,” Matos stated. “We are fortunate to have such prestigious former public officials partnering with us in this endeavor.”
The advisory board model at Mercury was that members drew a retainer and received a piece of business they brought into their firm.
Christie, who is mulling a second presidential bid in 2024, operates his own firm. Chiesa and Porrino are partners at major New Jersey law firms.
DuHaime recruited Porrino to join Mercury two month after he left office as New Jersey’s 54th attorney general.
It’s not clear whether Frank LoBiondo, who was also enlisted to serve on the Mercury advisory board by DuHaime, but has since departed, will flip to the new firm.