Christopher D. James

Office of City Council
Title: City Council Chairman - 1st Ward
Phone: 862-253-8549
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2019 City Council Chairman

  • Member of Negotiation Team, Personnel Committee and Board of School Estimates.

Christopher D. James  was re-elected First Ward City Councilman on November 7, 2017, continuing a tradition of civic and community service he developed a passion for under the guidance of his mother, the late Maxine James.  He has served as Chairman of the Public Works Committee and as a member of the Arts, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Business, Development & Zoning and Housing Committees.  Councilman James serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.  Prior to this position, he served as Chief of Staff for 34th Legislative District Assemblywoman and House Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver.  A longtime resident of the City’s First Ward, Councilman James was born in the City of Orange and raised and educated in Newark.  For the past 16 years, he has served in various capacities in municipal, county and state government; grassroots community organizations and non-profit entities.  He is the President and Founder of James Strategy Group, a full-service Government Counseling Firm.   From 2003 to 2008, he served as Chief of Staff to 28th Legislative District Assemblyman Craig A. Stanley.  Councilman James has served as a First Ward District Leader with the East Orange Democratic Municipal County Committee; the President of the New Jersey Young Democrats; past Chair of the Young Democrats of America States Presidents Association; Advisory Board Member on the Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Incorporated (HANDS) and the Essex County Vocational School Board.  Councilman James also served as the Essex County Deputy Field Director for “Obama for America.”


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