The now former spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is joining the influential Meadowlands-based public relations firm MikeWorldWide, more commonly called MWW.
Steven Sandberg, a chief communications official for Menendez’s office, is joining MWW in East Rutherford as senior vice president of public affairs, the firm announced Sept. 27.
He was press secretary for Menendez since 2013, and worked as communications director during his reelection campaign in 2018.
At the time, Menendez emerged victorious from a bloody reelection campaign against former Celgene executive and the now-NJGOP Chair Bob Hugin, who went after Menendez over his corruption trial.
In 2018, a U.S. Senate ethics committee “severely admonished” Menendez over allegations of his trading favors with Florida eye doctor and Medicare fraud convict Salomon Melgen. Donald Trump, in his final days as president, commuted Melgen’s sentence. Menendez, a Democrat from blue-collar Union City, in turn attacked Hugin over Celgene’s price-gouging of the cancer-treatment drug Revlimid, which happened under his tenure at the pharmaceutical company.
“Steve’s experience advising high-level officials on the front lines of critical communications is a valuable resource to MWW clients when today’s environment has created a need for always-on issues management,” MWW founding Chief Executive Officer Michael Kempner said in the Monday announcement.
Before his time with Menendez, Sandberg freelanced with several different media outlets, spending more than nine years as a reporter with 1010 WINS Radio, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“I’m excited to join the talented team at MWW and get to work,” Sandberg said in a statement. “MWW is a recognized leader, that most importantly is action-oriented, applying its vast knowledge and experience to creatively solve problems and make a real difference for its clients’ challenges.”
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:46 p.m. EST on Sept. 27, 2021, to correct the companny’s name from MWWPR to MWW; the former MWWPR, now MikeWorldWide or MWW, underwent a re-brand in spring of 2021.
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