About AMG

Seasoned Government and Political Influencers

We are a team of seasoned government and political influencers with years spent in public policy positions and expertise in government and non-profit operations.
The Advocacy and Management Group (AMG) combines a unique blend of public and political policy knowledge with a personal approach to help clients navigate the halls of Trenton and successfully influence key government decision makers.
Relying on decades of combined involvement in New Jersey government, AMG gives a clear voice to the concerns and priorities of its clients.

AJ Sabath

President/CEO, Lobbying

(609) 392-7553 ext. 107

AJ Sabath is the co-founder of AMG and has spent more than 20 years working in government and politics in New Jersey. He has held prominent positions in state government and is a veteran of many local, statewide and congressional political campaigns. 

During his time in New Jersey, he has cultivated strong relationships with many key government decision makers. He is a three-time member of the Politics NJ power list of New Jersey’s 100 most politically influential personalities. AJ has served as the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and he has held several senior staff positions in the General Assembly and State Senate.

Since 2000, AJ has participated in a number of important political campaigns. He served as the New Jersey State Co-Director for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign, ran the New Jersey Senate Democratic Campaigns in 2003 and 2007, and was the statewide Field Director for the election campaign of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.

He previously served as a political organizer for U.S. Senator Jon Corzine, Congressmen Rush Holt, Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell, and many other legislative and local Democratic candidates.

Prior to his service in state government, AJ worked as Public Affairs Director for the MWW Group, as a Field Representative for the National Democratic Institute in Baku, Azerbaijan, and as an Organizer for the New Jersey Tenants Organization. While at MWW, AJ represented the World Sikh Council, the Constitutional Monarchy Movement of Iraq and the Puerto Rico Statehood Movement. 

AJ received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees for Ramapo College of New Jersey and a board member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Lynn Haynes

Partner/Of Counsel

(609) 392-7553 ext. 101

Lynn Haynes joined AMG in 2014 as a partner after establishing an extensive background in state government in New Jersey over the past 20 years. Lynn most recently served as Governor Phil Murphy’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs & Operations. In 2010 she served as the Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for Senate President Stephen Sweeney and the Senate Majority Office, and previous to that spent six years in various capacities in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development including Assistant Commissioner of Income Security.

From 2000 to 2004, Lynn served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General in the Personnel, Labor and Community Affairs section, and in the EEO Unit. She also served as a Superior Court Law Clerk to the Honorable Conrad Koch, JSC.

Prior to her government service, Lynn was an Assistant Vice President and Trust Officer for the Merrill Lynch Trust Company in Somerset, NJ, and a Client Relationship Manager/Staff Attorney with CMS Companies, a financial and investment services firm in Philadelphia, PA. Lynn received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her law degree at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar.

Stephanie Summers

Vice President & Executive Director

(609) 392-7553 ext. 108

Stephanie Summers is an Associate Vice President at AMG. She began working at AMG in 2017 as an Association Administrator for several NJ trade associations and she quickly worked her way to becoming the Executive Director of these organizations.  She maintains the day-to-day tasks along with planning and executing successful meetings, managing financials and budgets, and implementing plans for member recruitment. 

As a government affairs agent, Stephanie works as a key lobbyist for non-profit organizations and telecommunications clients. She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Prior to joining the AMG team, she worked in the physical therapy and chiropractic fields.  

Rebecca Hughes

Vice President of Government Affairs

Rebecca has spent close to a decade working in legislative affairs. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Research Director at the New Jersey State Senate Republican Office. In her tenure there, she has served for multiple minority leaders and has worked in the development and advancement of many important policy initiatives. Further, in this role, she helped lead the research staff and has served as the subject matter expert on education and environmental policy for the Republican Senators.
She earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Monmouth University and her Bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Rebecca was elected in 2023 to the township committee where she resides in Chesterfield with her husband, kids and rescue dogs.

Rachel Holland

Association Management

(609) 392-7553 ext. 100

Rachel Holland works exclusively on the Association Management side of AMG serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the Vascular Society of NJ and the Orthopaedic Society of NJ.  She has been a part of the AMG team since 2014 and has served several roles during her tenure including finance and membership director for a number of our clients and deputy executive director. 

Cecilia Kovach

Office Manager and Bookkeeper

(609) 392-7553 ext. 103

Cecilia Kovach joined AMG in 2017 and serves as AMG’s Office Manager and Bookkeeper.

After graduating from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Cecilia worked for Olsten Staffing Services and eventually spent many years working at AT&T as a Partnership Manager. There she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the on-site staffing organization that filled temporary staffing positions across the USA (from the East Coast to Hawaii) and worked directly with the in-house AT&T organization called the Skills Match Center, a result of a union collective bargaining agreement to limit the number of outside temporary staff that could be brought into AT&T.  

Over the years, she’s been involved in local PTA and parents organizations at her children’s schools.

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