David A. Weinstein

David Artlip Weinstein is Vice President, State Government Affairs. He is a public and government affairs professional with more than 15 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in various public policy, communications and reporting roles.

Before joining Rutgers, Mr. Weinstein spent more than four years in the policy office of Governor Chris Christie—substantially all of which were as Senior Policy adviser to the governor overseeing a broad portfolio of issues, including higher education; health care; criminal justice; military and veterans affairs; homeland security; and, among others, the development in New Jersey of an unmanned aerial system test site in southern New Jersey.

As the primary professional staff to the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force (2010; Kean) and the UMDNJ Advisory Commission (2011, 2012; Barer), Mr. Weinstein was intimately involved in the policy considerations, development, and decision-making leading up to the enactment and signing into law of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act of 2012, which compelled the largest, most complicated integration of public research universities in the country’s history.

Prior to his role in the Governor’s Office, Mr. Weinstein directed public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, in Hamilton, Mercer County. As the chief spokesman for the more-than two million member organization, Mr. Weinstein often appeared on public affairs television and radio programs, as well as in print media, discussing transportation and motor vehicle safety policy, pending and needed legislation, and trends that drove those discussions. In this role and as a member of the Governor’s Teen Driving Study Commission (2008; Fischer), Mr. Weinstein collaborated on the development of numerous policies that were signed into law, contributing positively to a more safety-conscious teen driving environment in the state that endures today.

Before that, as a deputy communications director at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) under Governors McGreevey, Codey and Corzine, Mr. Weinstein engaged substantively with members of the legislature, the media and the public on various issues of public policy. In addition, as the primary speech writer and a spokesman for a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and for members of MVC’s public governing body, Mr. Weinstein was responsible for communicating important policy changes  and challenges during a time of significant, legislated reform at this government entity.

Mr. Weinstein began his career as a journalist, in Red Oak, Iowa. Reporting stints in South Brunswick, Princeton, and Willingboro, New Jersey, followed. Most recently, he reported for the Associated Press, in Trenton.

A Moorestown High School alum, he is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and Rowan University.

Mr. Weinstein, his wife, and their three boys live in Camden County.