Wayne Hasenbalg, President & CEO

As President & CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), Mr. Hasenbalg is responsible for overseeing the MetLife Sports Complex, which consists of the Meadowlands Arena, MetLife Stadium, and the Meadowlands Racetrack. In addition, Mr. Hasenbalg oversees the day-to-day operations of the former New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC), which serves as the planning and zoning authority for the 30.4-square-mile Meadowlands District. The District consists of portions of 14 municipalities in Bergen and Hudson counties. The former NJMC was consolidated into the NJSEA in February 2015.

The NJSEA is a multi-faceted agency whose operations include land use management functions, economic development, scientific research, environmental education, sports and entertainment marketing, and solid waste disposal. Under Mr. Hasenbalg’s leadership, the NJSEA works hard to see that economic growth and environmental preservation go hand-in-hand.

The NJSEA is currently helping to move forward the development of the American Dream Meadowlands entertainment and retail complex, which is under construction at the Sports Complex in East Rutherford. Mr. Hasenbalg also guides NJSEA redevelopment projects in the District that bring significant tax revenue and jobs to the region.

Prior to joining the NJSEA in 2012, Mr. Hasenbalg was Governor Chris Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning and assisted in the coordination and oversight of Executive Branch activities. Governor Christie also named Mr. Hasenbalg to the State Ethics Commission, on which he currently serves. During the Thomas Kean administration, Mr. Hasenbalg served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Cary Edwards, and as Assistant to the Governor’s Chief Counsel.

A New Jersey native, Mr. Hasenbalg received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Gettysburg College in 1976. He earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Penn State University in 1978 and was awarded a J.D. from Seton Hall University Law School in 1984.

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