Christopher Hartwyk, Business Administrator


Similiar to the Chief Operating Officer of a large corporation, the Township Administrator is the senior manager of City operations and is responsible for the effective implementation of the Mayor's policies and directives.

Mission Statement
The Department of Administration manages the day-to-day operations of The City of Orange Township. The Township Administrator is the highest-ranking non-elected official in the City, in accordance with the New Jersey state statute known as "The Faulkner Act".

About the Business Administrator: Christopher Hartwyk
Christopher Hartwyk is the City Business Administrator. He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Orange and lived on Nassau Street in the Valley. His mother, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents were all Orange residents and business owners. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Hartwyk was a principal of Consilium Consulting, providing services to governmental entities on development, redevelopment and revenue enhancement opportunities and providing services to companies doing business at the intersection of law, government and business. These business entities included international airport operators, international marine terminal operators and developers of hotels, industrial properties and residential properties. Chris was previously a partner of the law firm of Genova Burns where he was Director of Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics Practice Group and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Genova Burns, Mr. Hartwyk served as the First Deputy General Counsel of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In that capacity he served as primary counsel to senior executive staff, directors and managers of the Port Authority’s revenue generating business departments. He provided strategic advice and counsel to the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on an array of issues assisting the Board in setting policies to achieve objectives. In his capacity as First Deputy General Counsel, he ran the day to day operations of the Law Department, including an annual budget in excess of $300 million.

Representative Matters:

  • Negotiated significant maritime and aviation facility development at the Port Authority. His work involved all forms of agreements for private companies doing business with the Port Authority and other regional governmental entities.
  • Supervised and managed the defense of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and the 9/11 Disaster Site litigation.
  • Represented clients in disputes before the Federal Maritime Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, the Surface Transportation Board and a myriad of state and local regulatory bodies.
  • Litigated high risk commercial disputes between governmental entities and private parties and between private parties – with at risk liability in excess of $2 billion.

    Mr. Hartwyk’s knowledge, experience and contacts in federal and state agencies and legislative and regulatory processes that act as economic engines are invaluable assets to the City. A recipient of the Port Authority’s James G. Hellmuth Unit Citation Award.  Mr. Hartwyk is active in numerous professional, community and not for profit organizations, including:
  • American Association of Port Authorities – Law Committee
  • American Bar Association (Torts and Transportation Committees)
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Essex Union Joint Meeting (former Board member)
  • InterCare Foundation
  • International Infrastructure Lawyers Associations
  • Maritime Executives
  • Newark Arts Council (Board member)
  • New Jersey Association of School Attorneys (Past President)
  • New Jersey League of Municipalities
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • NJ Future
  • Ports Business & Tenants Associations
  • Public Entity Joint Insurance Fund Commissioner
  • Transportation Litigators Association
  • Township of South Orange Village (Trustee for six years)

    Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990



  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • McDaniel College, B.A., 1982