TRENTON, NJ — The 30th Legislative District’s assemblymen — Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson — took their oaths of office for another term this week, surrounded by family, friends and their colleagues.

Kean and Thomson, whose district includes Belmar and Lake Como, were sworn in on January 14 during the 219th Legislature’s organization ceremony held at Trenton's War Memorial. The Republican incumbents were re-elected to another two years in November by voters in the district’s 14 municipalities.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen to represent these wonderful communities as a member of the State Assembly,” said Thomson.  “I will continue to use this position to make sure the residents of the 30th District have a strong advocate fighting for them in Trenton.”

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Thomson enters his second term in the Assembly, previously serving as Wall mayor and committeeman and on its zoning and planning boards.

An enrolled pension actuary who spent 23 years as a trustee for the New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System, Thomson said he will utilize his legislative experience and his background in the financial sector and local government to advocate for polices that make New Jersey more affordable.

“We have an affordability crisis in New Jersey with residents fleeing in droves for more affordable locations like Florida or the Carolinas,” he said.  “We cannot continue to spend wildly and then ask our overburdened taxpayers to dig deeper.  In this term, I will continue fighting the irresponsible policies in Trenton that have pushed taxpayers to their breaking point.”

Calling it a true honor to serve the district, Kean said, “Reflecting on this new legislative session, I know that I want to help make the state a better place to live and work for the next generation.”

Kean of Wall has 17 years of legislative service in both the state Assembly and Senate, starting in the Assembly where he served from 2002 to 2007. He was elected to the Senate representing the 11th District from 2009 to 2011, but after redistricting he was elected to the Assembly for the 30th District in 2012, making him only the eighth legislator in New Jersey history to return to the Assembly after serving in the Senate.

A partner in the law firm of Matawan-based Cleary, Giacobbe, Alfieri & Jacobs, he serves as municipal prosecutor for Belmar.

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