“Karin may have worked for a number of U.S. Senators and other top New Jersey officials, but throughout her career she has primarily been serving the people of New Jersey,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. “I am but one of many public officials who have been honored to work with her, and I’m glad she’s on my team."
Elkis is Mendendez's state director and her salary has been reported to be $84,729.48.
Elkis worked as South Jersey director for the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg beginning in the 1980s. Following Lautenberg’s retirement in 2001, she served in a similar capacity for U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine until he was elected as New Jersey's governor in 2005. She has worked with Sen. Menendez since he was first appointed and then elected to the Senate in 2006. She served as state director through Menendez’s 2012 re-election campaign and remains one of his closest advisors.
Elkis began her career in New Jersey politics as a chief of staff to former Assemblyman Marty Herman.
She lives in Haddonfield with her husband, Steven Weinstein, general counsel and vice president of governmental relations at Rowan University and former partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader and Blank Rome, LLP.
Weinstein also stepped down as president of the Haddonfield Board of Education earlier this year. Her remains a board member but is not running for reelection when his term expires in this fall. Weinstein has also been active in Democratic party politics in the state.
Elkis and Weinstein have three children, Noah, Lara, and Asher.