N.J. GOP Leaders Gather For Inaugural Rick Rosenberg Memorial Event

Rick Rosenberg (L); Sam Thompson, Tom Kean, and Lucille Panos (R)

SOUTH RIVER, N.J. — Prolific millennial Republican campaign consultant Rick Rosenberg shocked and saddened New Jersey political circles with his sudden and unexpected passing in June 2017.

Almost one year later, Rick’s former friend and allies gathered at the Ria Mar Restaurant in South River on Thursday evening to celebrate the life of the Middlesex County-based rising star.

The event, designed to benefit the Rick Rosenberg Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, was co-hosted by the late operative’s mother, Monica, and Chris Russell of Checkmate Strategies, a close friend and colleague of the deceased.

Assembled guests swapped stories of Rick’s tenure in local and state politics which culminated with his 2017 campaign managerial position on the Ciattarelli gubernatorial campaign.

A crowd of 150+ attendees included GOP leaders such as Senate GOP Leader Tom Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Kevin Rooney of Bergen County, Senator Sam Thompson of Middlesex, 2021 gubernatorial hopeful Jack Ciattarelli, former Assemblywoman Donna Simon, Hightstown Councilman Connor Montferrat, Mendham Township Committeewoman Sarah Neibart, Hunterdon County Freeholder John Lanza, GOP government affairs guru Dale Florio, and Middlesex County GOP Chairwoman Lucille Panos.

Russell has said the proceeds from this event and future Fund activities will benefit young men and women like Rick who are future aspiring New Jersey political leaders.

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