Along with being among the most accomplished political operatives in the country, Mike is now one of the country’s most sought-after strategists in the corporate and non-profit public affairs space.
His unparalleled knowledge of the nation’s political, government, journalism and business sectors provide an invaluable resource to private sector clients across the globe. Mike oversees Mercury’s operations in New Jersey, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Tennessee. He also works closely with Mercury’s New York and London leadership in charting a path for the global growth of the company.
In 2014, Mike served as the senior advisor to the Republican Governors Association where he helped oversee the committee’s efforts on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott (FL), Gov. Terry Branstad (IA), Gov. Charlie Baker (MA), Gov. Nikki Haley (SC), Gov. Asa Hutchinson (AR) Gov. Larry Hogan (MD), and several others.
In both 2009 and 2013, Mike was the lead strategist for Governor Christie’s gubernatorial election. His first victory marked the first GOP statewide win in New Jersey since 1997 and the largest win for a GOP challenger since 1942.
In 2010 and again in 2012, he spearheaded the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s independent expenditure efforts, contributing to the victories of Senators Pat Toomey (PA), Jeff Flake (AZ), Dean Heller (NV), and others.
In 2011, Mike served as the Chairman of the Republican Delegation for New Jersey’s bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Commission. Mike led the Republicans to a significant win resulting in the Redistricting Commission adopting the Republicans’ congressional map by a 7-6 vote.
Previously, Mike served as Political Director of the Republican National Committee and in senior positions for President George W. Bush and for Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain during their presidential bids.
While he earned his reputation at the highest levels of national politics, Mike also advises multiple Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, sports teams, corporations and non-profits in the areas of public relations, crisis management, survey research, and strategic planning. His clients have included such varied and accomplished companies as Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Uber, Tesla, NBC Universal, Spectra Energy, Hewlett Packard, Caesars Entertainment, the New Jersey Devils and the New York Jets.
In recognition of his work, Mike was awarded the 2014 Campaign Strategist of the Year by The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Earlier in his career, Mike was named by Time Magazine as one of the 40 under 40 rising stars of American politics.
A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in journalism and political science, Mike now serves as a member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. He is also an adjunct professor at his alma mater’s renowned Eagleton Institute of Politics. Mike has spoken on politics and public affairs at Princeton, Harvard, NYU, UCLA and the University of Chicago, among many other colleges and universities. In 2016, Rutgers University awarded Mike the prestigious “Rutgers 250 Fellowship” recognizing him as one of the university’s most distinguished living alumni.
Mike is a sought-after guest on both television and radio, offering his political and public policy perspectives on shows and networks including Good Morning America, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business, BBC, CBC in Canada and many more. In print, he has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and scores of other state and regional publications.
Mike was a four-year skater on the Rutgers Ice Hockey team where he served as a captain for championship teams his junior and senior seasons. He is currently a youth ice hockey, baseball, basketball and flag football coach.
Mike lives in Westfield, NJ with his wife, Dore, and their three children.