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By: Linda Lindner July 2, 2020 10:41 am

Article Source: NJBIZ

The New Jersey 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit founded by former Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat, on Thursday announced that the Rev. David Jefferson Sr. will serve as a member of the fund's advisory board.

Jefferson has served as the pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark since 1995. Under his leadership, the church mission and congregation has grown substantially, now with 6,000 active members.

"Helping New Jerseyans make it through challenging times is a mission I have dedicated my life to and I am extremely proud to be supporting this important effort," said Jefferson. "The hard-working people of Newark need to know there are resources available to them and I will be doing everything in my power to connect them with the NJ 30 Day Fund. It is both my hope and my goal to grow this vital network as much as possible and to encourage both individuals and businesses to join us in our work. The faith community and the business community are often one and the same, and we will be using that fact to ensure these entrepreneurs get the help they need."

Jefferson committing his resources and connections to support struggling small businesses in Newark and beyond, represents an innovative and unique partnership between a local faith-based organization and the larger business community.

"Having Pastor Jefferson serve on the NJ 30 Day Fund advisory board is tremendous news and a great sign of the success and reach we are having in our local communities," said Mary Pat Christie. "The virus and economic suffering it continues to cause has touched every part of our state and we know that Pastor Jefferson will be instrumental in helping even more small businesses get the support they need to weather this storm."

He is a former AT&T and Comcast senior executive and a graduate of Grambling State University. Jefferson earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton, a Jurist Doctorate of Law from Capital University, and a Master of Divinity from Drew University. He was awarded a fellowship in the Sloan Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the Master of Science in Management degree program in 1989.

The NJ 30 Day Fund advisory board includes Motorola Solutions chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown, former Allgergan CEO Brent Saunders, Bank of America Vice Chairman Keith Banks, Atlas Data Systems President and CEO Jacquie Cleary, Longo Election owner Joe Longo, O'Toole Scrivo Law partner Tom Scrivo, former Major League Baseball player Al Leiter, Seton Hall University School of Law Dean Kathleen Boozang, and Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business Dean Joyce Strawser.

NJ 30 Day Fund is a volunteer-powered nonprofit with all funds raised going directly to small businesses.