Obama 2012 General Election Campaign Organization, New Jersey
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State Director  Geoffrey Borshof

(Aug. 2012)  President of Mosaic Strategies Group since March 2010.  Marketing vice president at the International Monetary Exchange, 2008-10.  Campaign manager on Greenstein and DeAngelo for Assembly, 2009.  Deputy field director on the 2008 New Jersey Coordinated Campaign. Served several months as 12th CD field director on Lautenberg for Senate, 2008.  Statewide volunteer director on Hillary Clinton for President.  12th CD field director on the Coordinated Campaign, 2007.  Field director for the DCCC in New Philadelphia, OH in Fall 2006.  Deputy field director on Tom Suozzi for Governor, 2006.  Statewide volunteer coordinator on Corzine for Governor, 2005.  Master's degree in literature from Montclair State University, 2005; bachelor's degree in literature from Rutgers, 2001. 

Field Director  Francesca Larson

(Sept. 2012)  Worked on business development and communications for at travel-technology startup in Santiago, Chile, 2011-12.  Community affairs coordinator for Sen. Bob Menendez, 2010-2011.  Political communications manager on Corzine '09, May-Nov. 2009.  Larson worked on voter outreach and press on Deval Patrick's campaign for Governor of Massachusetts in Fall 2006, then did constituent services in the governor's office.  B.S. in public relations and public policy from Boston University, 2009.  Native of Middlesex County, NJ.

Regional Field Director  Sami Hamdan

(from late Aug. 2012; started as Spring Organizing Fellow, then served as volunteer digital director for months)  Owns a laundromat in north New Jersey.  Went to Montclair State University.

Regional Field Director  Danielle Kim

(from late Aug. 2012; served briefly as a Summer Organizing Fellow, then as a field organizer)

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>The New Jersey campaign's primary focus was Pennsylvania.  From 10,000 call attempts per week in early September, volunteer efforts increased steadily to 50,000 call attempts per week by mid-October.  Then Hurricane Sandy hit, putting the campaign on hold for a couple of days as members of the team helped with clean up.  In the closing days, re-energized volunteers concentrated on making GOTV calls. 

Note: In Aug. 2012 Borshof succeeded Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, who moved over to become a deputy field director in Pennsylvania.  Sarah Jane Donofrio served as deputy field director from June to Sept. 2012.  The campaign's initial headquarters to Sept. 2012 was on the second floor of a building in North Brunswick; they then moved to the better location in East Brunswick.

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Chairman  John S. Wisniewski

(January 27, 2010)  Represents the 19th Legislative District in the General Assembly and is Deputy Speaker; first elected in Nov. 1995.  Attorney and managing partner of Wisniewski & Associates, Inc.  J.D. Seton Haul University School of Law, 1987; B.A. in English, economics from Rutgers University, 1984.

Executive Director  Paul Penna

(announced Dec. 22, 2011; started Jan. 3, 2012)  Director of operations at the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, 2008-10.  Vice president at MWW Group, 2006-08.  Regional political director at the DCCC, 2005-April 2006. Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Govs. Codey and McGreevey, 2003-05.  Campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, 2001-03.