Raj Mukherji has diversified experience in healthcare and organizational leadership in the public and private sectors. He is a healthcare lawyer and investor who has had ownership interests in ambulatory surgery centers, an acute care hospital, and information technology ventures. He was previously the CEO of a software and information technology company. Mr. Mukherji is presently an Assemblyman in the New Jersey State Legislature, and he is a former Deputy Mayor of Jersey City and Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, where he served in military intelligence. In his former consulting firm, Mukherji also served as the chief New Jersey regulatory and legislative lobbyist for Fortune 500 and S&P 500 healthcare companies such as diagnostics and clinical lab giant LabCorp and retail pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaler Walgreens. He has also served as a Municipal Prosecutor in Carteret, New Jersey, and he is an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University, where he teaches Constitutional Law.
At 19, Mr. Mukherji was a founder and Managing Partner of a consulting firm that he grew into the state’s third largest lawyer-lobbying firm (according to the NJ Law Journal), where his clients included Fortune 500 corporations, financial institutions, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, government agencies, social justice causes, labor unions, higher education institutions, Atlantic City’s top grossing casino, and others. Mukherji successfully brokered or facilitated complex healthcare transactions, including the sales of nursing homes and hospitals. He also advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana and prepared the successful application for one of six nonprofit licenses in the state to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana. Prior to his death, Raj’s father, the late Asim Mukherji (who had endured a pituitary tumor, several strokes, and glaucoma, among other conditions), had served as the first patient member of the dispensary’s Medical Advisory Board.
Raj had founded an Internet consulting and software development company while in middle school, grew it, and later sold it to a larger technology company to enlist in the Marines two weeks after 9/11 at age 17, where he served in military intelligence for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. At 24, Mr. Mukherji was appointed Commissioner and Chairman of the Jersey City Housing Authority, the youngest in city history. At the state’s second largest housing authority, he earned nationwide acclaim for his oversight and various reforms at the $90 million agency serving over 16,000 residents and over 6,700 households. At 27, he was appointed Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, where he served from 2012-13 and helped to run New Jersey’s second largest city.
In 2013, Raj was elected to represent Hudson County in the State Assembly. In the Legislature, Assemblyman Mukherji sits on the Budget Committee, responsible for crafting the state budget (approximately $33 billion in FY 2015), as well as the Commerce and Economic Development and Labor Committees. In just his first term, 52 bills prime-sponsored by Assemblyman Mukherji were signed into law. He was named “Humane Legislator of the Year” for 2015 by the Humane Society and 2015 Legislator of the Year by the NJ Law Enforcement Police Officers Brotherhood. He also received the 2015 Legislator Award from the NAACP for his civil rights advocacy.
Mr. Mukherji holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seton Hall Law School, an individualized Master of Liberal Arts focused on national security from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State University. As a recipient of the Professor James B. Boskey Award, he also completed the Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Intensive Negotiations for Lawyers and Executives program at Harvard Law School.
- State of New Jersey
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois