Murphy deputy press secretary Zhadanovsky leaving to run comms for Menendez for Congress


Michael Zhadanovsky, Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) deputy press secretary, is leaving to serve as the communications director for the Rob Menendez for Congress campaign.

Michael Zhadanovsky, the new communications director for 8th District congressional candidate Rob Menendez.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

A Fort Lee native, as well the son of immigrants from Ukraine, Zhadanovsky started his career in politics as an intern for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign before joining Murphy’s 2017 campaign.

He currently lives in Jersey City and has also served as a press aide and press assistant to Murphy, most recently overseeing media relations on key issues including transportation, military and veterans affairs, and technology.

“I am excited to have Michael join our team and for him to get to work on improving the lives of families in the Eighth District,” Menendez said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with Michael on engaging the public and the press on the critical issues that are key to our campaign and our district.”

Menendez looks to succeed U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), with the winner of the June 7th primary being a shoo-in to take the seat due to the navy blue nature of Hudson County.

An attorney, Port Authority commissioner, and the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Rob Menendez already has the endorsement of Sires, Murphy, and the overwhelming majority of key Democrats in Hudson and Union Counties.

“Michael Zhadanovsky has served on our team dating back to my 2017 gubernatorial campaign, working his way up from intern to the position of Deputy Press Secretary and spokesman,” added Murphy.

“He brought energy, focus, and passion to his work, and I know he will bring that same drive to help elect Rob Menendez to Congress. Although I’m sad to see Michael leave our office, I know the Menendez campaign is in good hands with him at the helm of their communications team.”

Menendez currently has two declared Democratic challengers in David Ocampo Grajales and Brian Varela.

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