The New Hampshire Republican Party is hiring a new executive director from New Jersey.
According to an AP report, the state party announced the hiring of Gov. Chris Christie’s regional political director Matt Mowers on Wednesday, the day after the Republican governor won a blowout re-election as he weighs a 2016 presidential bid.
“Mowers was responsible for managing Christie’s political operations in eight New Jersey counties. He has worked for the Christie administration since 2010,” the AP reported. “In a statement, Mowers says New Hampshire Republicans have ‘an enormous opportunity to make significant gains’ in next fall’s elections. He did not mention New Hampshire’s traditional role for vetting presidents as the first state in the nation to host a presidential primary.”
Mowers is a protege of Christie lieutenant Amanda DePalma, who has been training him up since he was a teenager. They logged many hours together when De Palma was State Director for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Mowers was a young Republican still in high school but already a star among De Palma’s army of Rudy volunteers. Mowers and his friend Ben DeMarzo, now a staffer for Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, are among the elite crop of operatives who coalesced at Rutgers via the school’s robust College Republican program.