EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tip O'Neill, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, once said, "All politics is local." In East Brunswick this year, that insightful quip is especially true. There are no races for Governor, Senator, or Congress. There are no elections involving the Mayor or the Town Council. Voters will choose some candidates who affect how laws are made and how they are enforced; how initiatives are proposed and money is spent at the county level; and who will be able to impact the direction of the East Brunswick Public Schools.
Voting during these elections is especially important, as the decisions made by local legislators impact residents directly here in town and throughout the county. Elections will be held in East Brunswick and the state on Tuesday, November 5. Voter registration and polling place information can be found here.
Candidates for New Jersey Assembly District 18: (Vote for 2)
Robert Karabinchak (Democrat) Incumbent
Nancy J. Pinkin, (Democrat) Incumbent
Robert Bengivenga (Republican)
Jeffrey Brown (Republican)
The chief function of the Legislature is to enact laws. A proposal to make a new law, or to change or repeal an existing law, is presented to the Legislature as a bill. To become law, a bill must pass both Houses by a majority vote and be approved by the Governor. How a Bill Becomes Law presents the steps in the process.
The Legislature can also propose amendments to the New Jersey Constitution. Such an amendment must be passed by a vote of 3/5 of each House (24 votes in the Senate and 48 votes in the Assembly). No action by the Governor is required. If passed, the proposed amendment is placed on the ballot in November for a public vote. An amendment may also be presented to the voters if the Legislature passes it two years in a row by a majority vote.
Additional powers of the Legislature include Senatorial approval of the Governor's appointments of judges and other officials. The Legislature is also empowered to ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution; appoint the State Auditor; judge the elections and qualifications of its members; and institute and conduct impeachment proceedings against State officials.
Candidates for Middlesex County Sheriff (Vote for 1)
Mildred Scott (Democrat) Incumbent
Anthony D. Gallo (Republican)
The primary duty of the Sheriff is the Security of the County Courthouses and protecting all personnel assigned to these facilities. This function is one of several duties mandated by the New Jersey Constitution. Some other examples of the duties carried out by the Sheriff that impact the daily lives of Middlesex County residents are as follows: The Transportation division is responsible for transporting inmates to and from the courthouse as well as to and from other law enforcement departments and correctional facilities throughout the state.
Candidates for Middlesex County Freeholder (Vote for 3)
Kenneth Armwood (Democrat) Incumbent
Clary Azcona-Barber (Democrat) Incumbent
Charles Kenny (Democrat) Incumbent
Thomas J. Cohan (Republican)
Edna Cox-Rivers (Republican)
Gregg R. Rubenstein (Republican)
The residents of Middlesex County’s 25 municipalities elect seven (7) persons to serve as members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms in the November general election. In January of each year, the Board reorganizes, selecting one Freeholder to be Freeholder Director and another to be Freeholder Deputy Director. The Freeholder Director appoints Freeholders to serve as Chairpersons and members on the various committees which oversee county departments.
Candidates for the East Brunswick Board of Education (Vote for 3)
(In New Jersey, members of Boards of Education do not indicate a party affliation.)
Marc Czismar (Currently sitting on the BOE as a replacement member.)
Liwu Hong (Incumbent)
The role of a Board member is to ensure that the District is well run through the creation and updating of policies. These policies serve as a guide to the Superintendent and provide direction, a basis for decision-making, and an imperative for action.