Millburn Voters to Decide Contested Democratic Primary to Try to Unseat Incumbent Republican

Candidate Cory Biller Credits: Cory Biller
Candidate Tara Prupis Credits: Tara Prupis
Candidate Jodi Rosenberg Credits: Jodi Rosenberg

MILLBURN, NJ - In an unusual contested primary on June 5, two candidates will vie for the Democratic entry in the November election for the Millburn Township Committee to unseat the incumbent Republican member of the Committee whose term expires on December 31, 2018. Squaring off are Democrats Corey Biller, a town resident and Tara Prupis, a town resident and business owner. The term of the sole Republican, Jodi Rosenberg, currently Deputy Mayor, expires on December 31, 2018 and she has thrown her hat back in the ring to run in the November election.

 The Township Committee is made up of five members elected to staggered, three-year terms. At the Committee’s organizational meeting each January, one member is elected to serve as chairman for a 12-month term and another is chosen to serve as vice chairman. Under state statute the chairman of a Township Committee also holds the title of mayor. Four of the current members, all Democrats, are in the midst of their three-year terms. 

After considering candidates for township committee, the Millburn -Short Hills Democratic Committee voted to endorse Tara Prupis and according to Annette Romano, the Democratic Committee’s chairwoman, it backs her 100%. Ms. Romano stated that Ms. Prupis is “bright, she has a stake in the community as both a resident and business owner and will stabilize the Township Committee and is the future of the Township.” Ms. Romano noted that Mr. Biller did not present to the committee and was, therefore, not considered in its voting process. Ms. Romano further stated that “he had every opportunity to come forward to our group and for whatever reason he chose not to. We totally back the line A ticket". As Mr. Biller explains in his responses to be provided in tomorrow’s edition, he decided to run for Millburn Township Committee after the Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee had already endorsed a candidate.

Sign Up for E-News

Ms. Rosenberg is endorsed by the Millburn-Short Hills Republican County Committee, by acclamation, to run. Mary McNett, the chairwoman of the Millburn-Short Hills Republican Committee, stated that her committee is backing Ms. Rosenberg because she is the incumbent, and because she has maintained a consistent platform throughout her terms emphasizing fiscal responsibility, quality of life, and retaining the community as a “single-family residential community.” Ms. McNett also respects Ms. Rosenberg for the civil manner that she conducts herself at committee meetings, which are open to the public, and for working with the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA) to promote the downtown business district.

Ms. McNett reminisced about a contested primary on the Republican ticket for Township Committee in approximately 1986. She explained that contested primaries emerge from “power discontent in the party.” In that instance, two residents were endorsed by the Millburn-Short Hills Republican Committee for Township Committee and two other residents ran in the Republican primary. The voters split their vote, picking one candidate endorsed by the Republican Committee and the other not so endorsed. Ms. Romano, the Chair of the Millburn Democratic Committee, can remember no contested primaries among Democrats for the Township Committee.

Questions about their backgrounds and positions were posed to Mr. Biller, Ms. Prupis and Ms. Rosenberg. Their answers will be published starting tomorrow in alphabetical order. 

Editor's Note:  In the interest of full transparency, Jonathan Sym, owner of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, is a Republican Committeeman in Millburn Township.  Mr. Sym has no involvement with any election coverage on TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Video: Scoutmaster Ken Fineran Street Dedication Ceremony

May 21, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn Township and Boy Scout Troop 17 of St. Rose of Lima honored the life and accomplishments of late Scoutmaster Kenneth W. Fineran on Sunday, May 20. Troop 17 Scouts, in conjunction with Millburn Township and St. Rose of Lima Church.

Millburn Student's Bike Stolen, Millburn Police Investigating

June 12, 2018

On June 5, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Tavares responded to the Louis Vuitton store at The Mall at Short Hills on a theft report. Louis Vuitton personnel report a black male with dread locks wearing a black t-shirt, red shorts, black leggings, and white/red sneakers took two pairs of sunglasses valued at $870.00 and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by ...


AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Get Empowered to Help Prevent Suicide

June 12, 2018

Over the past week social media and the news have been filled with stories and articles encouraging people to seek help if they’re in emotional distress. There have been countless articles about the need to break the silence around the topic of mental health and suicide, and I am encouraged by the support people are extending to others.

Often, the death by suicide by prominent ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 8:00 PM

Education Center, West Orange

Night Moves: Evening Guided Zoo Tours

Education Other


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Wed, June 27, 6:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit


Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Meet Your Local Prosthodontist

June 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Efterpi (Effie) Zantopoulos Deegan of Deegan Dental received her Certificate of Prosthodontics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), after attending dental school there as well.  She is an alumnus of Rutgers- Newark College of Arts and Sciences and West Orange High School. Dr. Deegan is half-time faculty at Rutgers School ...

NCJW/Essex Hosts The Five Stages of Career Transition with Motivational Speaker Frederica Peterson

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Frederica Peterson, Motivational Speaker and Career Coach, MA, CPC, ELI-MP, engaged nearly 50 women at the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women about moving forward in one’s career and in life. Peterson examined how many women feel stuck and trapped in negative thoughts, but how with the right mindset it’s possible to ...

Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee Looking to Fill District Leader Spots

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee is stronger than ever and proudly represents itself along with Essex County Executive Joseph Di Vincenzo and newly re-elected Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones at the Essex County Democratic Reorganization meeting.

The local committee currently has a record 29 of 32 District Leader spots filled. We have a female ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...