Lou Goetting was the principal and founder of Goetting Ahead, LLC and provided public policy consulting services to both public and private clients. Previously, Goetting was the Executive Vice President of Administration at Brookdale Community College where he lead the administrative operations and information technology of the college.
From 1998 -2002, Goetting served as the Vice President of Administration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey leading the capital planning initiative of the University while managing the core administrative offices. Goetting was a member of the administration of Governor Whitman from 1994 -1998 serving as Assistant State Treasurer and Deputy State Treasurer. He joined the Whitman Administration as an established expert on municipal government and led the nationally recognized performance audit program. Lou served in municipal government from 1973 – 1994 as Administrator of three New Jersey communities. He has also served as a Commissioner for the Public Employment Relations Commission and as Chair of the NJ Pension and Benefits Review Commission.
Christopher Porrino currently serves as Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie, having previously served as the Director of the Division of Law from February 2012 to January 2014. Under Porrino’s leadership, the Division of Law was a major difference-maker on behalf of New Jersey citizens, achieving important outcomes in historic litigation and obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and recoveries for the State.
Prior to serving as the Director of the Division of Law, Porrino was a partner at Lowenstein Sandler PC, one of the state’s largest law firms, where he co-lead the firm’s approximately 100-attorney Litigation Department and served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Operating Committee.
While at Lowenstein Sandler, Porrino represented public and private businesses and individual clients in a wide array of civil, criminal and regulatory disputes involving securities, banking, insurance, tax, antitrust, real estate and environmental matters, among others. Porrino also regularly conducted internal investigations for businesses faced with allegations of wrongdoing or suspected wrongdoing by insiders.
Prior to entering private practice, Porrino served as a law clerk to then Magistrate Judge Freda L. Wolfson, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Porrino graduated from Lehigh University in 1989 and received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1992. He is admitted to the bars of the State of New Jersey, the State of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
Born in Teaneck and raised in Fort Lee and Englewood Cliffs, Porrino currently resides in Union County with his wife and their two children.
Gregory Acquaviva serves as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. As a senior member of the Christie-Guadagno Administration, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of both the Office of Lt. Governor and the New Jersey Department State. His work focuses on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies across cabinet and executive branch departments and agencies, outside business partners, and the higher education community.
Immediately prior to his current assignment, Acquaviva served as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Christie where he provided the Governor legal advice on a wide range of constitutional, environmental, utility, agricultural, and alcohol beverage control issues. Acquaviva joined the Christie-Guadagno Administration in March 2011, serving as the Lieutenant Governor’s Legislative and Regulatory Analyst where he advised the Lt. Governor on policy, legislative, and regulatory matters.
Before joining the Administration, Acquaviva worked at Latham and Watkins, LLP and Gibbons, P.C. where he worked on complex commercial litigation. Acquaviva also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable James R. Zazzali, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Acquaviva received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth University, summa cum laude, and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, summa cum laude.
A native of Middletown, Acquaviva resides in Bloomfield with his wife and three children.