BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Friends and supporters of Jeanne Kingsley and Marc Faecher gathered to enjoy an evening of comedy with State Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnick. Voted “funniest lawyer in New Jersey,” and known for his political humor, especially his notes and “lists,” the crowd laughed throughout his monologue as Mr. Bramnick began with, “Nobody really knows what an Assemblyman is.” Poking fun at the current political climate in Trenton, Bramnick laughed along with the audience when Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz joined in with his commentary. Together with State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr., Bramnick and Munoz represent District 21 which includes Berkeley Heights. They have enthusiastically endorsed Kingsley and Faecher for re-election. Solid relationships with State officials help bring tax dollars back to Berkeley Heights via grants and other financial programs. “Collaboration with our state representatives is essential,” said Kingsley. Added Faecher, “We need to get the most bang out of every tax dollar we send to Trenton, and strong relationships with our State Representatives are critical to our efforts.”
The successful event created a relaxed atmosphere to get to know Kingsley and Faecher, hear about the work they have done during their time in office, and how together with residents, community stakeholders, non-profits, and the business community, the town has made significant strides coming off the effects of the Recession. During the evening, Kingsley emphasized the essential role that Public/Private Partnerships have played in the town’s progress. “Three years ago, we didn't have paver sidewalks and new gaslights; new banners; a fabulous park dedicated to our Veterans, a Town clock, a Winter Walk and Street Fair drawing thousands to our downtown. All of these things have come about through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and a business community that partnered with our town council to build a stronger Berkeley Heights. And these things have been done without burdening the tax payer. It's not about cutting things; it's about finding new ways to pay for things.” She shared her experiences working with volunteers, including her latest efforts with the Fire Department and Rotary Club to spread the word to Senior citizens about free smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and medic alert devices. “We are a community that cares about one another,” she said, and I look forward to working together to do more in the future.”
Adding to the night’s festive atmosphere, Faecher remarked to the crowd, “And I thought I was the funniest lawyer in the room.” Thanking the crowd for their support, he shared the on-going negotiation efforts regarding redevelopment and state-mandated affordable housing. Faecher has led the negotiations, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential litigation costs with numerous developers seeking to increase housing density. “We won't give up the small town feel that makes Berkeley Heights the special place that it is,” said Faecher. Faecher also spoke of the importance of Public/Private Partnerships sharing the successful outcome of saving the Community Pool through the new collaboration with the YMCA. “Berkeley Heights Community Pool was on the verge of shutting down after 60 years of serving our town. As a result of working together with all of the stakeholders, we’re getting a new improved pool and a brand new Y that will serve our community. The property on Locust will remain recreational and protected from further housing development; the Y provides new revenue; the residents of Berkeley Heights keep their pool; and the Y will open its recreation space to our Rec. Department, PAL and other community groups. The services of the Y, including its support of cancer patients, child care, and many other community minded efforts are staying here in Berkeley Heights…and ALL of this without expense to the taxpayer.”
To learn more about Kingsley and Faecher go to KingsleyFaecher2017.com or follow them on Facebook at Kingsley and Faecher 2017 Town Council. The Republican Primary is June 6. The polls are open from 6am to 8pm. Unaffiliated voters are invited to participate by affiliating at their polling location.