SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Surrounded by family and friends, Christine Noonan Faustini on Monday night was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the South Plainfield Borough Council, effective immediately through Dec. 31, 2017.

During its Oct. 17 meeting, the council voted 5-0 in favor of Faustini serving the remaining 15 months on Alex Barletta’s unexpired term and Mayor Matt Anesh administered the oath of office. A longtime resident of the borough, Faustini is only the second Republican female to serve on the council and the first since 1993.

“It is very much an honor to be up here and I am thankful and excited to be chosen for this council appointment,” Faustini said, thanking the mayor, council and Republican committee for their support. “South Plainfield really is home for me and I hope to bring a new and different prospective.”

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Faustini moved to the borough when she was eight years old and is a graduate of South Plainfield High School. She earned her bachelor of science in marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an advanced standing teacher of mathematics certification from Kean University. She is currently employed part-time as a mathematics home instructor for the South Plainfield Board of Education. She and her husband, Louis Faustini, have been married for 25 years and are parents to Kaitlyn, 20, Madison, 19, Dominic 14, and Ava, 7.

On a local front, she is a former member of both the Riley School PTSO board and Grant PTO board as well as a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Cultural Arts Committee. Additionally, Faustini has been an officer with the Friends of the Library since 2015 and a member of the South Plainfield Library Board since 2011, serving as its vice president for the past three years. She also served on the task force to investigate and plan for the library addition and chaired the South Plainfield Library Board Personnel Committee.

During Monday night’s meeting, Anesh and members of the council thanked Faustini for accepting the nomination and offered best wishes. “I look forward to working with you. It is good to have you by our side and working on behalf of the residents of South Plainfield,” said Council President Robert Bengivenga, Jr.

Councilman Derryck White said, “You bring a great deal of value to this council as we move forward and make decisions. We are glad to have you on board.”

Councilman Robert Richkus, who, growing up was Faustini’s neighbor, added, “You’re top notch and you’re going to do get.”

Additionally April Bengivenga, president of the South Plainfield Republican Committee, said, “You are an asset to the council and we all wish you a lot of success.”

Faustini’s husband, Louis, also publicly congratulated the council’s newest member. “For the town of South Plainfield, this is a significant win. She puts her heart and soul into whatever she takes on and is going to do well.”

As a member of the council, Faustini said her overall goal is to work with residents and her fellow councilmembers to make South Plainfield ‘a place people want to stay and raise their children.’ 

“South Plainfield is an amazing, diversified community with something for everyone …I have no other ambition other than to serve the people of this community and to keep South Plainfield a place that my children want to stay and raise their own families someday,” Faustini said.

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