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Kivvit New Jersey general manager Chris Donnelly. (Photo: Kivvit).

Donnelly will head up Kivvit’s New Jersey operations

Prominent N.J. political insider worked for three governors and Steve Sweeney

By David Wildstein, April 28 2022 10:25 am

Seasoned political veteran Chris Donnelly will run the New Jersey office of Kivvit, one of the nation’s largest and most influential public affairs firms.

Donnelly was a staffer in the administrations of three New Jersey governors – James E. McGreevey, Richard J. Codey and Jon Corzine – and later served as communications director of the New Jersey United for Marriage campaign that fought for marriage equality.  He is a former press secretary to Senate President Steve Sweeney.  He’s also the author of some great books on baseball.

He replaces Laura Matos, who left Kivvit to become a partner at a start-up public affairs firm run by Michael DuHaime.

Kivvit also announced that Kimelle Ash, who worked for State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Delran) and on the campaign of Rep.  Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) has joined the firm as a senior associate.  Ash led voter turnout efforts for U.S. Senator John Ossoff in Georgia in 2020.

“The Kivvit team is a remarkable group of individuals with experience and capabilities in every sector of New Jersey business, politics and public advocacy,” Donnelly said. “We remain focused on our data-driven approach while recognizing that an ever-changing landscape means adapting and finding new ways to meet client needs. It is an honor to work with such a talented team.”

Kivvit’s New Jersey team already includes Adam Steinberger, Megan Cryan, Vin Ciniello, Jonathan Scharff and one of the masterminds behind Gov. Phil Murphy’s hugely successful social media and digital strategy, Pearl Gabel.

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