A Trenton lobbying firm has announced a strategic partnership with two political allies of incoming Senate President Nicholas Scutari.
GTB Partners, the shop headed by Rich Gannon and Michael Torpey, will work with George and Angie Devanney of Keystone Strategies. George Devaney is the former Union County Manager and Angie Devanney, the mayor of Berkeley Heights and a longtime Democratic operative.
The alliance reunites Gannon and George Devanney, who worked together in their early career as aides to State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth).
“This is a great fit for both firms and we are looking forward to this relationship,” said George Devanney. “I have worked with Rich and Mike before and, making this even easier for me, Rich and I have been friends since childhood.”
Gannon worked for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg and Gov. Jim Florio and was the New Jersey state director for Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. In that race, Clinton carried New Jersey by a 43%-41% margin against President George Bush. Bush had won New Jersey by 12 points in 1988, the last Republican presidential candidate to win the state.
Gannon later served in the Clinton White House and at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Torpey served as chief counsel, then as chief of staff, to Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.
Angie Devanney worked on Scutari’s district office staff, as political director for Jim McGreevey’s nearly successful bid to unseat Whitman in 1997, and later ran race for several prominent Democrats, including former Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
Before taking the county manager post, George Devanney served on the Senate Majority staff under Senate Presidents John Russo and John Lynch and was the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
“This partnership extends the reach of both firms,” stated Gannon. “We often have clients requesting assistance at the local level, which is one of Keywood’s core strengths. On the other hand, we can provide reach into the State capital for Keywood’s clients.”