Two veteran New Jersey political insiders have formed a new firm that will offer state and federal government relations and political consulting.
James Gee and Jay Redd have formed Stono Public Affairs, drawing their name from a 1739 slave rebellion in South Carolina.
Gee most recently served as chief of staff to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) and was the top strategist for Watson Coleman’s upset victory in the 2014 Democratic primary. A former deputy chief of staff to Gov. James E. McGreevey, he worked on gubernatorial campaigns for Phil Murphy and Jon Corzine, and on Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign.
Redd has spent the last four years at the Gibbons law firm, where he headed their Washington office. He was a senior counselor to Senate President Steve Sweeney and deputy executive director of the Senate Majority Office. He served as an associate counsel to Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts and as deputy policy director on Corzine’s 2009 re-election campaign.
Stono Public Affairs, according to their website, “was created with the notion that the most powerful voices in any public policy debate are the very communities most impacted.”
“When those voices are organized and engaged power can be unleashed, Stono Public Affairs is committed to unleashing that power by amplifying those voices, through engagement, organizing and advocacy,” their website said.