(Trenton) – Today, John Currie, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC), announced two new staff members to lead the party organization into the 2014 election campaign cycle. Chris James was selected as the new NJDSC Executive Director while Jennifer Holdsworth was hired as Political Director.
“I am excited to announce the selection of two very skilled new employees, both of whom have dedicated themselves to Democratic principles and to public service in New Jersey. I have known Chris James for many years and he has always shown a strong work ethic and a passionate focus on improving his community,” said Currie. "Similarly, I am impressed by Jennifer Holdsworth’s intelligence, her work as a lawyer and advocate, and her efforts supporting New Jersey Democrats. I welcome them both to my team."
Christopher James, who currently serves on the East Orange City Council, has been involved in government, policy making and community organizing for the past fifteen years. His late mother was Chief of Staff to the late Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., and he credits her with teaching him the guiding principle, “it’s not about what you get, but what you give.” James last served as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Assembly Democratic Office. He also worked as Chief of Staff for the Honorable Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and for Obama for America.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with Democratic leaders across our state, and to elect candidates that are dedicated to New Jersey’s hardworking families. This job will not be easy but, under Chairman Currie’s principled leadership, I am committed to helping Democrats succeed next November,” said Christopher James.
Jennifer Holdsworth also joins the NJDSC from the State General Assembly, where she worked as Director of Policy and Communication in the Office of Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. She has served as Clerk to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and worked in the office of former Congressman Steven Rothman as well as for other respected leaders in northern New Jersey. A 14-year veteran of Democratic campaigns, Holdsworth earned her law degree from Seton Hall University and graduated from Rowan University.
The two new hires replace outgoing Executive Director, Justin Myers, and Deputy Executive Director Jenny Davis. During their tenure, majorities in both the State Senate and State Assembly were maintained despite a strong Republican headwind. Myers was hired as Deputy Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), who is engaged in a battleground contest that may determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, Davis was tapped as Political Director for the National Jewish Democratic Council in Washington, DC.
Chairman Currie added, “Justin Myers and Jenny Davis made for a dynamic Democratic duo and their assistance was critical to our state party’s efforts. They helped me transition into the role of state chairman last summer, provided sound counsel and diligent service, and kept their cool during a challenging campaign cycle. I am glad that their work paved a path to new endeavors, but I am also sad to lose them. I know that Justin and Jenny remain committed to New Jersey.”