EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Republicans kicked off their campaigns this week with a fundraiser and "meet and greet" at VFW Post 113.  There were lots of smiles, handshakes, and expressions of good will for the three candidates running for office this year.

Mayoral candidate Jim Wendell was "excited to be here" at the event.  "I want to help East Brunswick become a better place.  There's lots to learn; space to improve; and opportunities to get involved."  Wendell, a lifelong resident of East Brunswick, is a Vice President of Construction for 2 real estate companies.  He currently serves as a member of the East Brunswick Town Council. Wendell noted that there has not been an elected Republican mayor in East Brunswick for the past 20 years, and that "It is now time to set the ship aright to move the township forward."  He said that the support for the Republican candidates is "fantastic" and that many people at the event "were our friends for a long time, regular locals."

Wendell was joined by Council hopefuls Jane Mueller and Mark Csizmar.  Mueller, a six-year resident of East Brunswick and a Warnsdorfer parent, praised the public schools and said that she was "eager to get involved" as a Councilwoman.  Mueller works as a realtor with Remax First Realty of East Brunswick.  "Officer Mark" Csizmar has been retired from the East Brunswick Police Department for 3 years, having served as a D.A.R.E. officer in the public schools.  He said that he was excited "to meet everyone at the kick-off" and to energize the upcoming campaign.

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Wendell, Csizmar, and Mueller were joined by local supporters, many of whom were charged by the energy of the national campaign for President.  "Strong women vote for Trump," said one voter, as Trump lawn signs have begun appearing around town.  Also in attendance was Dennis Cherian, Charperson of the New Jersey Teenage Republicans who said he "believed in Jim, Jane, and Mark" and was willing to "knock on every door in East Brunswick" to support the local candidates.  Cherian cited the repair of local roads as an important need in East Brunswick: "There are no federal funds to repair New Jersey roads.  The township needs to improve them.  The Democrats seem more focused on the repair of the tennis courts and skate park."

The next opportunity for East Brunswick voters to express party support will take place on June 7, when the national primaries come to New Jersey.  Tonight, presumptive Republican Presdiential candidate Donald Trump will speak at a fundraiser at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory at 7:00 pm.