About us

1868 Public Affairs is a full-service government and public affairs consultancy with offices in Trenton, New Jersey. The partners and staff of 1868 Public Affairs possess diverse backgrounds and skills that are reflective of the complex government and business environments in which they work. Every advocacy need of our clients can be met by 1868 Public Affairs.

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Leroy Jones Jr.


Patrick Torpey


Idida Rodriguez


Dan Smith

Senior Associate

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  • Walmart’s change in behavior allowed for the development of relationships with several of New Jersey’s largest trade unions, which effectively split the labor community and stalled both anti-big box and healthcare legislation that would have had a profoundly negative impact on the company’s operations in New Jersey. Walmart, which had for years only built prototype stores, began showing flexibility in design and size that allowed for give-and-take in the local and state agency approval process. A process, which had once proved almost always adversarial, has become more collaborative. A focus on charitable giving has helped address the negative image promulgated by the unions that continue to oppose Walmart, and highlights the benefits to the community of having Walmart as a good neighbor.

  • Governor Christie restored the $13 million in funding for reimbursement for home health care while Bayada was able to reduce costs in conjunction with the Department of Human Services to enable the department to meet its budget goals.

  • Two things that distinguishes 1868 Public Affairs from other lobbying firms is professionalism and experience. Members of the firm tell us the honest truth about our chances on a particular issue and have the experience to make it happen. When we go to them with an issue, we know we are going to get a fair and reliable assessment.
    Richard T Thigpen
    Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Citizenship
    State Governmental Affairs

  • When things looked most desperate in the midst of the Pandemic,1868 Public Affairs did their best work getting to the high level decision makers and helping secure needed funds for PPE and overtime for our front line healthcare workers. The 1868 Team understood how the crisis impacted our business and guided us down a path to success
    Linda Mintz
    Co-Chairman, CareFinders Total Care

  • As a non-profit community development and social service agency, much of what we do is related to what happens in Trenton—from funding to policy development and beyond. 1868 has that unique blend of dedication to its clients and the ability to make sure the voice of its clients is heard. Ultimately, that helps us and groups that do important work in communities across the state.
    Robert Guarasci
    Founder & CEO