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The Show Must Go On: Government Relations and Policymaking in Election Season

Free event is open to the public

The wheels of government don’t stop turning just because an election is happening. How are government relations and policymaking impacted in the environment of an ongoing campaign? What has it meant in the past and does 2020 present even more challenges? Join the discussion with two professionals who have been on both sides of that equation on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in Monmouth University’s Wilson Auditorium.


Michael DuHaime is a partner at Mercury. DuHaime was the lead strategist for both of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s campaigns and served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Transition Team after Christie was first elected. DuHaime has worked in senior roles for President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He has also been political director of the Republican National Committee, senior advisor to the Republican Governors Association, director of independent expenditures for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and executive director of the state Republican committee.

Hanna Mori is the state director for U.S. Senator Cory Booker.  Mori began working for Booker as an intern at his nonprofit organization, Newark Now, and then for the City of Newark, including the Mayor’s Office, Business Administrator’s Office, Law Department, and the Office of Reentry. In 2013, she joined Booker’s first U.S. Senate campaign, where she helped develop his statewide and national policy platforms. As counsel, her policy expertise spans everything from criminal justice reform, to healthcare, to immigration.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, Mori is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York.


Patrick Murray was named the Monmouth University Polling Institute’s founding director in 2005. He frequently appears as a commentator on polling and politics for regional and national outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. During federal election years, Murray also serves as an exit poll analyst for the NBC News Decision Desk.

Visitors should use the main entrance to campus on Cedar Avenue. Parking is available in Lot 11A.

This event is sponsored by the Monmouth University Polling Institute. For more information, contact (732) 263-5860 or