Christina Zuk is an experienced government affairs professional with an expertise in legislative policy, politics, and issue advocacy. She recently served as a member of the Budget Committee on Governor Murphy’s Transition Team.
Immediately prior to joining PPAG–Princeton Public Affairs Group, Ms. Zuk served as the Director of Legislative and Political Affairs for JNESO, a labor union representing health care workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At JNESO, Ms. Zuk oversaw the advancement of every legislative initiative of the 5,000-member union. As the organization’s chief lobbyist, Ms. Zuk built coalitions among stakeholders, developed advocacy strategies, and led the lobbying, legislative, and advocacy efforts on behalf of members in both states.
In 2013, Ms. Zuk served as Political Director for Barbara Buono’s campaign for Governor where she oversaw outreach to and coordination with national and local interest groups, statewide and local elected officials, grassroots supporters, and other organizations in support of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
Ms. Zuk also worked in New Jersey’s 18th District State Senate office, where she developed a passion for legislative politics and fiscal policy. After serving as Legislative Director for the then-Senate Budget Committee Chair, she was promoted to Chief of Staff where she oversaw legislative affairs and worked in coordination with elected officials, constituents, and advocacy groups to advance a wide array of crucial initiatives.
She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in both Planning & Public Policy and Political Science, was an Eagleton Undergraduate Associate at the Eagleton Institute for Politics, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Ms. Zuk also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
In 2015, she was named to the PolitickerNJ.com Annual “30 Under 30” list of the top young political operatives in the state. In 2017, she was named to InsiderNJ’s “100 Insider Policymakers,” and in 2018 was named to InsiderNJ’s 100 Millennials List and to InsiderNJ’s Power List. She was also honored by EmergeNJ at their “2018 Build the Bench” reception, honoring women who have helped build the bench for Democratic women running for office.
Ms. Zuk served as the Co-Chair of the Transition Team for Long Branch Mayor-Elect John Pallone in 2018. She previously served on the Board of the New Jersey Young Democrats from 2015-2019, most recently in the role of Executive Vice President.
She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for 180 Turning Lives Around, on the Board of PAM’s List, and as a member of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. She was also appointed in 2018 to a four-year term as the Mayor’s Appointee to the City of Long Branch Planning Board.
Born and raised in Bayonne, NJ, Ms. Zuk now resides in Long Branch, NJ.