Candidate Statements

Why I would like to serve in the Assembly

Ambassador Phil Murphy and Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen


In order to understand why I am running, you need to know my background.I was born in Elizabeth, raised in Cranford and have lived for more than 30 years in Springfield, where my wife Jodi and I raised our two now-adult children, Stefanie and Ross.I am a product of the Cranford Public schools, as my children are a product of the public schools in Springfield.I have been a practicing attorney for more than 35 years, running my own small law firm.I am currently in my second term as a member of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and my second year as chairman.Prior to that, I spent 17 years as the municipal attorney for the Township of Springfield.

In my more than two decades in local and county government, I have had the opportunity to observe the interaction among the various levels of government and to see how the policies at the state level can have a profound effect—both positive and negative—upon our local governments and boards of education, and thereby the residents of our state.

Sign Up for E-News

In the past almost 8 years, I believe that effect, both economically and on social policies, has been more negative than positive.I am running for the Assembly in the 21st Legislative District, to be part of positive change for the State of New Jersey.


The taxpayers of New Jersey are being crushed by real estate taxes—why? Over the past 7 ½ years, the state has reduced funding to our local schools, reduced funding to our municipalities, and shifted more and more of the burden to provide services to our counties while reducing state money to them as well.This has made it impossible for our schools, municipalities and counties to continue to provide the services our residents and businesses want and deserve, without ever greater reliance on local property taxes.We need to reform our tax system, to allow full and fair funding of our schools, and to return to reasonable and necessary levels of state funding for our local governments.In this way, the property tax burden can be moderated.

At the same time, our state economy has not rebounded the way many similar and surrounding states have, and therefore our economic condition has deteriorated.Everyone knows of the series of financial downgrades New Jersey has suffered under the current lack of leadership.We need to revitalize our economy, by encouraging innovative businesses and the green economy, to make New Jersey a leader once again.We need to reform our economic system to make if fair for all: equal pay for equal work; a $15.00 minimum wage; and an end to corporate welfare.

We need to encourage diversity in our population, and ensure New Jersey is once again a leader in civil rights and social issues and in ensuring equal rights for all of our residents.


Some of the many issues I wouldfocus on are: effective gun safety laws; supporting our veterans and their families; protecting women’s reproductive and health care rights; ensuring the Gateway Project is built with equitable funding; returning New Jersey Transit and other transportation to its former place as a national model of efficiency and value; reforming our criminal justice system to make it fair and equitable, including the legalization of marijuana with proper regulation; enacting fair and reasonable laws to ensure well planned affordable housing, with state support to ensure necessary infrastructure and avoid over-development; expanding our innovation economy to bring more and better paying jobs to our residents; returning to an environmental policy that is based upon science to help preserve our air, water and natural resources for our children, grandchildren and future generations; ensuring all of our children have access to an excellent education, regardless of their “zip code.”


IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE.  The residents and businesses in LD21 have not been well served by the current administration in Trenton, including the long-serving legislative representatives in LD21, who have NEVER, NOT ONCE, voted to override the Governor’s veto.  Not on gun safety, not on women’s health issues, not on the rights of immigrants.  The problems this state faces must be confronted, not ignored.  We need to find fair, reasonable and long-lasting solutions.  I believe I have the experience, knowledge and temperament to be a positive force as a member of the Assembly.  I believe that I have what LD21 and New Jersey need to move our state forward and to once again make New Jersey a shining star for our entire nation.


I am a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, and have been a practicing attorney for 36 years.  I was appointed twice by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as a member of the District XII Attorney Ethics Committee, and served as Chairman in 2009-2010.  In 2013 I also completed a five-year term as Board Chairman of Central Jersey Legal Services, which provides free legal representation to eligible residents of Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties and remain a Board member.

I am a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the state municipal attorney organization affiliated with the New Jersey League of Municipalities and serve as an Associate Editor of the League’s Local Government Law Review. In 2005, I was designated a Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law.I have participated in presenting seminars at the NJ League of Municipalities conference, on the subject of ethics for elected officials.

I have has been a member of the Rotary Club of Cranford since 1982 and have served twice as President.  In 1993 I was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary’s highest honor.   I was picked by Springfield B’nai B’rith to receive its 2012 International Citizenship and Civic Award, and later this year I will receive the Community Service Award from the Jewish Family Services of Central NJ.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Union County Democratic Committee Elects New Chair

February 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ – The vote for the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chairmanship came to a conclusion Wednesday night when 748 committee members from the county’s 21 municipalities descended on the Gran Centurions in Clark to vote for their new party leader.

State Senator Nick Scutari won with a 412-341 victory over Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr in a battle that had become ...

Filthy, dangerous conditions, theft and assault alleged at recently-opened Newark shelter

February 13, 2018

Newark, NJ—Antoinette Jackson, Sonya Webb and Andrea Eaddy sit in a McDonald’s on a cold winter morning, not far from the homeless shelter they currently call home.

During the day, they count on places like McDonald's to stay warm. They must leave the shelter at 7 a.m. and can only return after 4 p.m., even when temperatures drop below freezing.

When the ...

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Cranford Endorses Colleen Mahr

February 19, 2018

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations--Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is beyond reproach.

Union County Hosts First LGBTQ Roundtable

February 24, 2018

On Tuesday, February 20, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Office of LGBTQ Services, hosted a roundtable with over 20 leading LGBTQ advocacy and ally organizations that serve Union County and New Jersey. Facilitated by Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality, more than 40 participants met to discuss LGBTQ-related programs, services, issues and ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Multiple Drug-Related Arrests & More

February 20, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 02/14/2018 @ 2226 hrs.

Raritan Road and Coleman Avenue

Arrested: Kevin Johnson, 60, Plainfield

Arrested by: Jason D’Agostino

Charges: Possession of ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, February 24, 1:00 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Kids Expo and Water Safety Event

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness

Sun, February 25, 11:15 AM

Trinity Episcopal Church (Sherlock Hall), Cranford

Seamen’s Church Institute Fundraiser & Collection ...

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Thu, March 1, 1:15 PM

Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford

Calvary Lutheran Church Invites You to Mid-Week ...

Religions And Spirituality

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

The Definition of Insanity

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor:

There is a quote, attributed to various people, including Albert Einstein that states, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, that is fitting for our current election for Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC) chair.

There is no shortage of polling data related to the functioning of our Federal, ...