TRENTON, NJ — Edward H. “Ned” Thomson took his seat on August 24 as the new assemblyman for the 30th Legislative District, which includes Belmar and Lake Como. The former Wall mayor replaced David Rible, who left the post to become director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

 “I have served the residents of Wall Township and Monmouth County for over two decades. Being able to represent my community at the state level is a great honor,” said Thomson, a Republican. “The interest of every resident in the 30th Legislative District will be my conscience, and I will do my best to be successful representing them.”

Thomson was tapped on August 15 during a special election of the district’s Republican Party County Committee to complete Rible’s term, and he will run for the seat on the GOP ticket in the November 7 general election.

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Thomson previously served on the Wall Township Committee from 1998 to 2008, twice being elected mayor. He also spent a decade on the Wall Planning Board and seven years on its  Board of Adjustment. He recently was reappointed to the planning board.

“The state is in a fiscal mess. Our pension and health benefit debt is out of hand and an omen of a coming crisis. The last thing the state needs is for the No. 1 problem — property taxes — to skyrocket because of reckless mismanagement of our state finances. Property taxes must be lowered to make the state more affordable,” said Thomson.

Thomson is president of E.H. Thomson and Co., a Sea Girt-based actuarial services firm that administers more than 500 pensions. He is a volunteer with Angel Flight, a nonprofit that coordinates free air transportation for patients to access critical medical care, and the Junior Olympics.

A husband of 32 years and a father of three children, Thomson and his family are lifelong residents of Monmouth County.

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