Meet Jay

Jay Webber serves in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the residents of the Garden State’s 26th Legislative District and has been called “the conservative conscience of the State Legislature.” He serves on the Assembly’s Labor and State & Local Government Committees. Assemblyman Webber and his wife Johanna live with their seven children in Morris Plains, where Assemblyman Webber is a trustee of St. Virgil’s Parish and a volunteer youth basketball and baseball coach.

For his legislative service, Assemblyman Webber has earned the Taxpayer Hero Award from Americans for Prosperity-NJ; the Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the NJ Society for Environmental Economic Development; and the Defender of the Family Legislative Award from the NJ Family Policy Council.

From 2009 to 2011, Assemblyman Webber served as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party, where he led the NJGOP to its first statewide victory in 12 years. In 2011, he was Co-Chairman of the New Jersey Apportionment Commission, leading the Republican delegation through the once-a-decade state legislative redistricting process. Human Events has described him as “a solid conservative” and a “likely candidate for higher office in the Garden State.” PolitickerNJ named Assemblyman Webber one of New Jersey’s 50 Most Powerful Elected Officials in 2015.

Assemblyman Webber serves on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors, which is dedicated to preserving President Reagan’s former ranch in Santa Barbara, California as a historical property. Assemblyman Webber is also the founder and host of New Jersey Reagan Day, an annual tribute to the life and leadership of President Reagan that is the Garden State’s greatest annual gathering of conservatives.

Before his election, Assemblyman Webber served as a Budget Staffer and District Director for former Congressman William Martini (NJ-8) from 1995-1997. After leaving Congressman Martini’s office, Assemblyman Webber was a staff member at the Manhattan Institute, a free-market think tank in New York City.

Assemblyman Webber grew up in Clifton and attended St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Second Team Academic All-American in baseball. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2000, and served as a law clerk for Justice Peter Verniero of the New Jersey Supreme Court during the 2000–2001 Term. Assemblyman Webber currently practices law with Webber McGill LLC in Whippany, New Jersey.

  • Assemblyman Webber is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, a national bipartisan program of “Rising Stars” in Governance dedicated to transcending partisanship and focusing attention on overarching questions of leadership and governance.
  • In the Fall of 2010, TIME Magazine named Assemblyman Webber as one of the nation’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of U.S. Politics, described by TIME as “a new generation of civic leaders .., already at work trying to fix a broken system and restore faith in the process.”
  • In the Spring of 2013, Gannett named Assemblyman Webber a rising star in New Jersey Politics.