Born and raised in Hudson County’s Peninsula City, Nicholas was taught early on in life the value of hard work, securing an education, and service to his community.
It’s these core values that pushed Nicholas to volunteer in his community and eventually attend law school. He and his wife, Nancy Donofrio, have three sons – AJ, Nico, and Joshua.
After studying in our Nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C., at The Catholic University of America, Nicholas earned his J.D. from Rutgers-Newark School of Law. Shortly after, in 1998, he became a member of the New Jersey Bar Association. He continued his education at St. Peter's University receiving a Ed.D in Educational Leadership.
Nicholas put his education and passion for service to work when he became director of policy and planning for the city of Bayonne, and right after it becoming the executive director for the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. During his tenure he successfully led the negotiation for the transfer of the Military Ocean Terminal to the City of Bayonne.
Continuing to challenge himself, Nicholas went on to serve as U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s state director, where he oversaw a staff, directed policy and programmatic initiatives, and served as a liaison to the governor’s office, members of Congress, state lawmakers, mayors and a variety of non-profits and state agencies.
After leaving Sen. Menendez’s office in 2007, Nicholas returned to private practice of law. He currently works as the Fr. John M. Corridan Fellow at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City.
Nicholas has had the pleasure to served on the Board of Trustees for Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, Saint Peter’s Prep, Hudson Cradle, and Bayonne Community Day Nursery. He also served on the Finance Council of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and is a Knight of Malta.
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