Phil's Story

Phil believes his story of beating the odds and coming back stronger can be New Jersey’s too. As a kid growing up in Morris County, Phil lost his right arm at the elbow when a lally column in the basement fell, severely crushing the artery. For an energetic child with a love for sports, this was devastating.

But Phil refused to be held back. He went on to play baseball, soccer, and finally High School football, where he was a star on both offense and defense.  He received national recognition in 1995, when he earned a scholarship from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. Those physical achievements did not just come naturally. Only those closest to him knew of the commitment, hours of training, and uncommon drive required to succeed.

In 1999, Phil graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Business Management. After graduation, he went to work in the family real estate development business and then launched out on his own, growing a construction business from the ground up and building homes across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

But the turning point in his life was coming to faith in 2000. As a Christian, Phil had a new perspective on life and fresh compassion for the community around him. In 2012, he became a pastor, planting City Baptist Church in Hoboken. In 2013, he co-founded a Christian school where he served as school administrator, providing an academically rigorous, value-driven education for kids in his community. He left that position in 2019 to plant a second church in North Bergen. Through a church networking conference he started back in December 2013, he oversaw $1 million raised to start new churches in the Northeast corridor. The government overreach and political unrest of 2020 drove him to run for Governor of New Jersey.

After less than five months, he finished as a runner up in the GOP primary and sparked a statewide movement to take back new jersey that is still growing today.

Today, he’s running for Congress because Empowering New Jersey doesn’t stop with the Governor’s race. It means standing up to our federal government and out-of-touch crazy leftists trying to run the show and interfere in our lives. We’re seeing the real life results of Washington policies play out in our communities and around our kitchen tables. The challenge ahead will take a fighter with the true spirit of New Jersey — someone who won’t be pushed around, who doesn’t take no for an answer, and who won’t back down when it comes to the needs, freedoms, and voices of New Jerseyans. 

Phil has been overcoming challenges his whole life. That is the New Jersey spirit, and it belongs in the halls of Congress.

In New Jersey, family comes first. Phil and Jennifer (also a New Jersey native) have been married for 20 years and have four beautiful and energetic teenagers.