State budget expert Emigholz to join NJBIA as VP of government affairs

Christopher Emigholz will be taking on the role of vice president of government affairs in taxation and economic development at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association on Dec. 9, NJBIA CEO and President Michele Siekerka announced Thursday.

Headshot of Christopher EmigholzEmigholz, a state budget expert with nearly 20 years of legislative experience, will be tasked with leading NJBIA’s advocacy efforts on economic development and taxation issues affecting the state’s business community.

“Christopher’s career has been focused on improving New Jersey’s business climate and making our state more affordable,” Siekerka said.

“His legislative experience, including the past eight years he has spent working on tax, budget and economic development policy in the Senate, will make him a tremendous resource to the businesses whose interests NJBIA fights for every day,” she said.

Emigholz, the current associate executive director/budget director for the Senate Republican Office, previously served as the director of the state Department of Education’s Office of Legislative Affairs (2010-2012) and as the associate vice president of education and workforce development policy at NJBIA (2005-2010).

“I have worked to support the needs of New Jersey’s business community in every job I have had for nearly two decades in Trenton,” Emigholz said. “I am very excited about this opportunity to return to NJBIA and to serve its mission of advocating for the best interests of New Jersey business.”