With a prominent career in state and federal public affairs, William J. Pascrell, III, more commonly known as BPIII, is a lobbyist with PPAG– Princeton Public Affairs Group.
Along with his position at PPAG, BPIII has been the Passaic County Counsel since his unanimous appointment by the Passaic County Freeholder Board in 1998. BPIII was again unanimously re-appointed for a fourth term in 2007. As the County Counsel, BPIII has orchestrated the consolidation of the Office of Consumer Protection and the Office of Weights and Measures into one as well as amalgamating the County Adjusters Office in order to streamline and bring more efficiency to County government. He has also drafted Passaic County’s first Ethics Codes, which is the strongest in the state of New Jersey, by which the County abides.
In addition to his 2 major positions, BPIII served as a key insider and adviser to John Kerry’s National Presidential campaign. BPIII has also been an esteemed advisor to United States Senator and Governor Jon Corzine, United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, United State Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Robert Roe, Herb Klein and Albio Sires as well as Governor James E. McGreevey. BPIII played an instrumental role in both McGreevey campaigns, one being McGreevey’s narrow defeat to Christine Todd Whitman in 1997 and the other is his landslide victory over Bret Schundler in 2001. He has previously served former Congressman Herb Klein and former Governor James J. Florio. As Congressman Klein’s Chief Counsel and Chief of Staff, BPIII coordinated programs helping constituents with problems ranging from IRS to Immigration to Small Business Loans to Veterans Benefits. Working closely with Congressman Klein, BPIII helped bring millions of dollars back to the 8th Congressional District of NJ as well as federal monies for President Clinton’s Americorp Program in Paterson, NJ through the NJ Community Development Corporation. On behalf of Congressman Klein, BPIII also worked with the Clinton administration to draft, pass, and implement the national program to put 100,000 police officers back on the streets of America. As Special Counsel to Governor Florio, BPIII aided in developing and implementing the $1 billion dollar New Jersey Economic Recovery Fund.
BPIII’s impressive education equipped him with the necessary skills and fundamentals enabling him to execute his positions with precision and credibility. BPIII commenced his undergraduate career at Rutgers University graduating Cum Laude from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Public Administration. Seton HallLaw School awaited him next and prepared him for Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State Government Program. BPIII is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 1991 BPIII was selected as a delegate to the American Council of Young Political Leaders exchange program to Hong Kong and China. In 1992 he was also a Leadership New Jersey fellow.
Along with these distinctions, BPIII also is a member of the National Council of Problem Gambling Federal Affairs Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the United Way of Passaic County. The political web site, PoliticsNJ, named BPIII in their Power List of top 100 political players in New Jersey. In 2003, NJBIZ magazine featured Bill in their annual Forty Under 40 edition. For the past 10 years, NJBIZ has recognized 40 young men and women for their outstanding contributions to the New Jersey Business Community. BPIII is the star of the weekly show “The Battling Bills” which is on every Sunday on Comcast CN8. He is also a regular political commentator on talk shows like “It’s Your Call” with Lynn Doyle, “Diner Politics” with Laura Jones, News 12’s “Power and Politics” and has participated in live Court TV Internet discussions. In 2005 BPIII was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award for performance on the “Battling Bills” weekly national political show.