Mercury today announced the addition of veteran lobbyist Conor Fennessy to the firm’s N.J. public strategy team.
Fennessy, who most recently served as a Vice President of Government Affairs for the New Jersey Apartment Association, will join Mercury as a Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and work out of the firm’s new office in Trenton.
“The addition of Conor brings incredible talent and expertise to our growing team,” said Mike DuHaime, partner at Mercury and political adviser to Gov. Chris Christie. “Conor comes to Mercury with decades of experience in politics and government, and he is well respected in Trenton circles. He has a deep understanding of the New Jersey political landscape and will be an invaluable asset for our clients who are looking to effectively navigate state government.”
“I am thrilled to join the talented team here at Mercury,” said Fennessy. “Throughout my years in government and politics, I have worked with industry trade groups and elected officials at every level on issues ranging from grassroots organizing to public affairs and government relations. I look forward to bringing that experience to the clients we serve here at Mercury.”
Fennessy worked for ten years as the head of legislative, policy and political affairs for the New Jersey Apartment Association, a major New Jersey real estate trade association. Prior to the New Jersey Apartment Association, Fennessy worked in politics and government for over a decade. Fennessy began his career as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. Since returning to New Jersey in 1997, he has served under Governors Christine Todd Whitman and Donald DiFrancesco. He also worked in the Majority Office for the New Jersey General Assembly and in the Office of the Senate President under two Senate Presidents.
“Conor’s extensive political and government affairs experience will be instrumental in accomplishing our clients’ objectives,” said Mike Soliman, managing director at Mercury. “Conor will effectively guide clients through complex issues and establish positive relationships with key influencers in order to achieve successful outcomes. We are excited to have him on our team.”