Jeffrey A. Warsh
A lifelong New Jerseyan, the Hon. Jeffrey A. Warsh has served his community and his state with distinction as a State Assemblyman, the Executive Director of New Jersey Transit, President of the Union County Board of Taxation and a member of numerous high-profile associations, boards and local youth recreation organizations.
Jeff serves as Executive Director and General Counsel to the New Jersey Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association and as Legislative Agent and Counsel to the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association. He also conducts legislative and regulatory activities for the Beer Wholesalers Association of New Jersey. Jeff serves as a Member and as Vice Chair of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) National Advisory Council and as a Member of the WSWA Strategic Threats Committee. He will assume the WSWA National Advisory Council Chairmanship in December of 2017 in San Francisco. He has served as Vice Chairman of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Advisory Committee since 2002.
Jeff is also a partner at MBI GluckShaw, New Jersey’s largest governmental and public affairs firm. He is responsible for clients in two major fields: the hospitality sector/regulated substances and transportation infrastructure/homeland security. He is extensively involved with legislative and regulatory affairs for the alcoholic beverage industry, the cannabis industry and with the business development and marketing representation of transportation design, engineering, construction, and bus and rail rolling stock companies.
Jeff also serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to Franklin Labs, LLC, a Pennsylvania company awarded a Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor Permit by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jeff is responsible for legal and external affairs, including compliance and regulatory affairs, as well as governmental affairs, community relations and media.
Currently, Jeff serves as an Investor and General Counsel to City Hydroponics, a start-up technology company with patents pending on its Vertically Oriented Hydroponic System (VOHS). The VOHS is a revolutionary hydroponic technology that produces as much as 2.8X the yield of traditional hydroponic systems. City Hydroponics has recently graduated the VOHS from Cornell University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Certification Program. The VOHS has been chosen by GrowNYC as a model sustainability technology and will be displayed in New York City’s Union Square urban farming exhibit.
From 1999-2002, Warsh served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Transit Corporation, the third largest transit agency in the nation. He was responsible for a workforce of more than 10,000 employees, a fleet of 3,200 buses, 800 commuter rail cars, and 45 light rail vehicles. During his tenure (1999-2002) the entire bus and rail rolling stock fleet was replaced; njtransit.com was launched; the Newark City Subway was modernized and reopened; and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System was opened and expanded. The HBLR received the American Public Transportation Association’s 2000 Innovation of the Year Award. Jeff managed NJ Transit during the events of 9/11 and its aftermath.
Following his NJ Transit service, Warsh served as a Distinguished Research Fellow in Transportation at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Jeff served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 1996, where he presided as Chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee and as a member of the Transportation and Environment Committees. He has been honored with numerous national and statewide awards, including the 1992 Good Guy of the Year Award from the New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus, the 1995 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Jersey Parks and Recreation Association and the 2017 New Jersey Liquor Stores Alliance’s (NJLSA) Joe DeMarco Legislative Champion Award.
Jeff served in Governor Tom Kean’s Administration as Regulatory and Legislative Counsel to the NJ Department of Human Services and as a Staff Attorney in the NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Warsh is a member of the New Jersey State Bar and the Federal Bar for the Second Circuit. He earned a certificate from the Harvard/MIT School of Conflict Resolution: “Dealing with an Angry Public” in 1998.