ROSELAND, NJ — Meet Roseland Borough Council candidate Christopher Bardi.

Basic background:

Christopher J. Bardi, a West Caldwell native who moved from Livingston to Roseland two years ago, is a James Caldwell High School alumnus with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Bardi also has a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and a Green Belt—Lean & Six Sigma Trained at Rutgers University. Currently, Bardi is the Senior IT Manager of Digital Marketing & eCommerce at a Fortune 500 Company.

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Bardi lives in Roseland with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, Cara, 6, and Emma, 2.

Q: Why are you running for borough council?

A: I have always had a passion for serving the public and I feel I can offer the Borough of Roseland a fresh breath of air with my youth, energy, and enthusiasm. I am running for Council to have a say in the future of our town. I want Roseland to remain as an attractive, safe, and affordable place to live. As a father of 2 young children, I have a vested interest in this community and want my children and my family to have nothing but the best quality of life with beautiful, safe neighborhoods and great recreational programs for families.

When I first came to Roseland, after being very involved in Livingston, I requested in writing to volunteer on a borough board, commission, or committee, but unfortunately, I was told that there weren’t any vacancies on any of the above. I find that hard to believe and I pledge that when elected, I will welcome all resident volunteers regardless of their party affiliation, age, or gender. As a likable, personable, and driven individual, I will work diligently to represent the residents of Roseland.

B: Why do you feel you deserve the job?  What qualifies you for it?

A: My youth, energy, and enthusiasm will be a great asset to our town. My educational background including earning a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Business Administration, along with my extensive professional experience working for several world class Fortune 500 companies provide me with experience, qualities, and abilities needed to serve the Borough of Roseland.

My local government experience over the last five years including serving on a township zoning board as well as a Legislative Aide acting as a town liaison for our county freeholder has prepared me well to take on the responsibilities of councilman.

I am running for borough council to give back to the town I live and raise my family in. By placing my name on the ballot, I give voters a chance to vote for a “new generation” of public servant with fresh new ideas, and experience, along with no business or financial interests in town.

While I greatly respect my “experienced” opponents and concur that they are a wealth of knowledge, I feel that it’s important to have representation for the millennial generation which will encourage more young people to play an active role in local government.

Q: What other issues are important?

A: Regarding the Dunkin Donut's business proposal, I support small-business growth in Roseland, but not at the expense of ruining the residential character of the community. Clearly the Dunkin Donuts business proposal would get rid of blight and an abandoned lot in the center of town, but it is too close to homes and cars would spill out into a residential neighborhood, so it is a bad idea.

Q: Tell us about your other career.

A: My 13+ years of professional experience centers around managing large scale, global initiatives and projects, which involve the implementation of cutting edge systems, technology, and processes with the objective of improving business performance, maximizing efficiency, and expanding organizational capabilities. In my current position as a Senior IT Manager at a New York-based Fortune 500 Company (since 2010), I am responsible for implementing our Digital Marketing and eCommerce technology all around the world. This involves managing project teams, timelines, resources, and budgets all while closely collaborating with my colleagues, strategic vendors, senior leadership, and business partners.

As a highly effective manager, my key strengths include my innate abilities to effectively communicate, manage/work on a team, and build partnerships based around trust. 

Q: What else would you like to say about yourself or the township?

If elected, I am committed to:

  1. Maintaining taxes and keeping Roseland affordable including keeping spending at a minimum while maintaining the same quality of life
  2. Focus attention on public safety continuing to invest in our police department, fire department, and Office of Emergency Management, ensuring they have access to the best technology, equipment, and proper training to excel at their jobs and protect our residents
  3. Expanding our community programs for both children and seniors including transportation programs, as well as recreational programs and facilities
  4. Increasing public involvement and transparency in local government including creating a Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from each district in town that can address neighborhood issues through a liaison from our police department and the public safety representative on our council.