NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – New Providence Mayor J. Brooke Hern, who has urged the Republican Committee to name a woman to an open council position, defended his own record of appointments over the last three years.
According to an unofficial tally undertaken by The Alternative Press of Mayor Hern’s appointments, 137 of the 388 appointments he has made to various boards and committees in New Providence since January 2011 have been women.
However, regarding the two most influential committees, out of the nine most recent appointees to the Planning Board, none were women, and for the Board of Adjustment, just one out of nine members appointed was female.
“Each year, I spend months in advance recruiting people to serve. I ask them what they’re interested in doing for our town, and I do my best to find an appointment that matches their interests,” said Hern, who is up for reelection in 2013. “The fact is that I've appointed a substantial number of women to serve on every borough committee.”
Mayor Hern is calling on Chairman Al Morgan and the New Providence Republican Committee to support a woman to fill the vacancy that will be created by the resignation of Councilman Alan Lesnewich, whose nomination for Superior Court Judge was confirmed by the State Senate on Monday.
“I have no comment about his appointments,” said Al Morgan, Chairman of the New Providence Republican Committee (NPRC) and former Mayor. “In the mayor’s defense, it is hard to find people. It takes a lot of time, what with two-income families trying to keep their heads above water. And gender doesn’t even come into consideration.
“I’m not going to pick a battle with the guy. I’m not going there.”
On Thursday, April 4, the NPRC will begin screening candidates to fulfill Lesnewich's unexpired term on the New Providence Borough Council. In accordance with New Jersey State Election Law, the NPRC must screen and present the New Providence Borough Council with three candidates. The Council will then choose one of the three nominees to fulfill the unexpired term.
Editor's Note: Tthe screening is Thursday, April 4th. The New Providence Republican Committee (NPRC) welcomes all registered republicans residing in New Providence in good civil standing to please consider screening. Interested parties who would like to screen for Councilman Lesnewich's vacated unexpired Council seat should contact NPRC Chairman Allen Morgan, at (908) 403-8613. Screening candidates should prepare a short bio, and a resume highlighting their community services, contributions, and involvements. For more information, please see the NPRC website at www.newprovgop.com