By Wally Edge | February 4th, 2010 - 11:48am
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Gov. Christopher Christie, ripping apart the embattled Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority for hiring lobbyists, will likely take some money out of the pockets of Republican partners at bi-partisan (that’s a nice way of saying playing both sides and covering all their bases) lobbying firms.  Lobbyists for the PVSA include Public Strategies Impact, Cammarano & Hagan, Winning Strategies, and Daniel Becht.  And 1868 Public Affairs has a public relations contract with the authority. 

The Public Strategies Impact contract actually belongs to Bill Maer, a Democratic operative who took a leave of absence from his lobbying firm to help run Gov. Jon Corzine’s re-election campaign.  Maer continues to assist Democratic candidates – he’s helping Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney and Passaic County Sheriff Gerald Speziale get re-elected – but he’s protected by his GOP partner, Roger Bodman, a former Kean administration cabinet member and a productive member of Christie’s fundraising team.

Cammarano & Hagan are Peter Cammarano, a former Chief of Staff to Gov. Richard Codey (and a Metuchen Councilman, not a former mayor of a Hudson County city), and Kevin Hagan, a former Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. James E. McGreevey and Frank Lautenberg’s 2002 campaign manager.  After Christie beat Corzine, they added a Republican partner: Burlington County GOP Chairman Bill Layton.

Becht is a former PVSC Chairman and Republican fundraiser.  In 2001, he resigned from gubernatorial candidate (now Education Commissioner) Bret Schundler’s finance committee in a public protest over Schundler’s attacks on his then primary opponent, Gov. Donald DiFrancesco

Richard Ambrosino, a former Whitman staffer and GOP operative, is the spokesman for the PVSA.  His partners include Michael Torpey, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman’s former Chief of Staff and a Christie fundraiser, and former Assemblyman LeRoy Jones (D-East Orange).

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