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Christine Henderson Rose


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - She began her political career as a member of the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education before moving on to the board of adjustment and the council – and now current Bridgewater councilwoman Christine Henderson Rose is hoping for a second full term on council to complete the projects that have already begun.

“I decided to seek a second term on the Bridgewater Township Council because there are projects as yet to be completed,” she said. “Several of those projects are focused on the future of the township, and one is focused on preserving the past. I look forward to meeting Bridgewater residents and hearing concerns directly from them.”

Born and raised in Somerville, Rose returned to Somerset County after earning a degree in English and certification as a high school teacher from Hartwick College in New York. She then earned a Masters Degree in education, with a specialization in guidance and counseling, from Rider University.

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“My work career began at Somerville High School and the work history includes Raritan Valley Community College, Rutgers University, Ridge High School and, most recently, Somerset County and University of Phoenix,” she said.

Rose has been a resident of Bridgewater for the past 41 years.

“There is a little something for everyone,” she said. “A low tax rate, an excellent and highly rated school system, a partnership with Somerset County Park Commission to establish walking, hiking and biking trails through a comprehensive collection of open space parkland, convenient transportation to New York City, an interstate highway system that connects in every direction, many volunteer opportunities to give back and great shopping and dining establishments along with job opportunities with a number of large nationally known corporations.”

But Rose said her interest in politics began with six years spent on the board of education.

“What attracted me to serving at the local level is the opportunity to give back to a community that has given me a wonderful place to raise my children,” she said. “It is a community that has a rich history and significant opportunities for growth.”

Rose served nine years on the board of adjustment before first joining the township council in 2010. She has held leadership roles in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Somerville Lodge #1068 and its Charitable Trust, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey Board of Directors, the Rolling Hills Girl Scout Council, the Watchung Area Boy Scouts, the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Foundation and the New Jersey Association of County Youth Services Commissions.

For her campaign this year, Rose said she will focus on a celebration of the township’s successes, including delivering the second lowest municipal tax rate in the county, and investing more than $13 million in road improvements since 2012. In addition, she said, she is proud of the township bringing hundreds of new jobs by working with business leaders, and implementing shared services agreements to streamline government and create savings for taxpayers.

“In addition to celebrating today’s achievements, it is important to preserve the past,” she said.

At this point, Rose said, she believes the township’s infrastructure is a priority for residents. And it will all be about striking a balance to do what is best for the residents.

“The challenge is striking the balance between commercial and residential growth that is important to secure the future of the township, the care and maintenance of township roads, the celebration and appreciation of the township’s cultural diversity and the understanding of the contributions of those who came before us that made this township a ‘gem’ in the county’s ‘jewelry box,’” she said.

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