Four Candidates Running for Two Seats in Trenton / Including Two from Montgomery Twp

Elections 2019 District 16 Assembly Candidates in alphabetical order are: Mark Caliguire (R) of Montgomery Twp; Roy Freiman (D) of Hillsborough; Christine Madrid (R) of Montgomery Township; and Andrew Zwicker (D) of South Brunswick. All 80 seats are up for election in New Jersey’s state assembly, to which members are elected to two-year terms. Legislative districts in the New Jersey General Assembly are multi-member districts, with two representatives in each district. District 16 includes Delaware Township, Flemington, Raritan, Readington, Stockton, Princeton, South Brunswick, Branchburg, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery, Rocky Hill, and Somerville. Two Montgomery residents ar

Andrew Zwicker (D) Candidate for NJ State Assembly

South Brunswick Age: 55 Profession: educator, scientist Q: Why are you running? “For the same reason I ran back in 2015 — to be an effective public servant, and to use my scientific background to, hopefully, craft sound public policy on behalf of the people of the 16th legislative district.” Q: Can NJ Transit be fixed? “NJ Transit has unfortunately gone from being one of the jewels of the country, when it comes to public transportation, to one of the laggards. And it’s happened over many years of a lack of funding and oversight. So there’s a bunch of different things that need to happen. One is, and it is happening and happening slowly, is a new group of engineers.” Q: Open Space vs Affordab

Christine Madrid (R) Candidate for NJ Assembly

Montgomery Township Age: 40 Profession: homemaker. Q: Why are you running? “Because I don’t think the incumbents are serving the people of this district’s interests. I think the Democrats have been in charge of the legislature for about 15 years at this point. And, by all objective measures, NJ is headed in the wrong direction. We’re last in business climate. We’re last in taxes. Taxes are too high. People are leaving the state. I think that we need to make change.” Q: Can NJ Transit be fixed? "They provide a service to NJ citizens who rely on them to get to work and to get where ever they need to go. And they’re just not providing that service well. So there needs to be accountability. They

Roy Freiman (D) Candidate for NJ Assembly

Hillsborough Age: 60 Profession: full-time lawmaker Q: Why are you running? “I earnestly believe that all of NJ’s problems can be solved. We face a lot of challenges, and these are all man-made problems, so these are problems we can solve. We can move to making the environment safer and cleaner and support the growth of the business economy.” Q: Can NJ Transit be fixed? “The source of the problem and the solution are often found in the mirror. Blaming everything on Amtrak is unfair. They certainly own the Northeast Corridor line, but they don’t own 100 percent of everything.” “I think it’s been years and years of gutting its budget, of poor leadership, on not having the prioritization. When

Mark Caliguire (R) Candidate for State Assembly

Montgomery Township Age: 58 Lawyer Q: Why are you running? “NJ is on the wrong track. We’re accelerating towards becoming more like California. Anybody who reads the news realizes that’s not something we want to do. NJ is last in economic growth in the lower 48 states at a time when the economy, nationally, has been strong. That’s a significant concern.” Q: Can NJ Transit be fixed? “NJ Transit has been a place for patronage, and that’s insane. Given the number of people in NJ who depend on mass transit, it should be a first-class operation. A series of governors, including Murphy, have not paid the kind of attention that needs to be paid to it, especially when we’re concerned about the envir

Montgomery Township Committee Candidates

There are four candidates running for two seats on the Montgomery Township Committee in the Nov 5 general election. Candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Kent Huang (D), Devra Keenan (D), Kamran Quraishi (R), and Ed Trzaska (R). Each candidate visited The Montgomery News office recently and answered the same questions. There are no direct candidates for mayor in Montgomery, where the five members of the township committee vote to select the mayor from amongst the committee members each January. ■

Ed Trzaska (R)

Ed Trzaska Belle Mead Business Insights Leader at Novartis Q: Top three Monty issues? 1) Keeping spending/taxes as low as possible. 2) Restraining residential development. 3) Investing in public health and safety services. Q: Why are you running? I am running again because I love Montgomery and have a passion for community service. Even after nine years, it’s still exciting to speak with residents about ways to improve our quality of life. It motivates me to keep working. During my time, we have accomplished a great deal. We have made a positive impact on literally every aspect of town – spending, debt, taxes, open space, roads, parks, open government, infrastructure, library, retail service

Kamran Quraishi (R)

Kamran Quraishi (R) Belle Mead Senior Software QA Analyst, IQVIA Q: Top three Monty issues? 1) Keeping Montgomery as affordable as possible. 2) Preserving more open space. 3) Proactively protecting Montgomery from reckless state mandates. Q: Why are you running? I am humbled and honored that my colleagues on the governing body and the local Republican team have given me the opportunity to serve on township committee. Last year my family and I experienced a bias incident at our house. While it was deeply unsettling; the comforting, supportive, and positive response from my neighbors, police, and our local elected officials was nothing short of remarkable. As a Montgomery resident for 20 years

Devra Keenan (D)

Devra Kennan (D) Belle Mead Consultant, High Impact Advisors Q: Top three Monty issues? 1) Blighted areas (corner of 518 and 206) and empty storefronts. 2) Over reliance on retail-based commercial development. 3) Siloed, disconnected development lacking walkability / over reliance on cars. Q: Why are you running? I am running for township committee to serve the community my family has called home for the past 22 years. We are living in disconnected and divisive times with heightened polarization, mistrust, and incivility running rampant. While it is easy to stoke fear, point fingers and talk at each other, the truth is that we have more in common than we have differences. We must have more l

Kent Huang (D): Candidate for Montgomery Twp Committee

Kent Huang Belle Mead Chief Risk Officer, Mount Lucas Management Q: Top three Monty issues? 1) Affordability. 2) Traffic safety and flooding on the Griggstown Causeway. 3) Development and construction of the municipal building and library. Q: Why are you running? A friend asked me to participate in Rep. Tom Malinowski’s roundtable discussion on the impact of the new Republican tax signed by President Trump, which capped the federal deduction for state and local taxes, or SALT, at $10,000 — leading to a hefty tax increase to many NJ residents. The experience led me to consider the prospect of running for township committee. I decided to run after my family, friends, and colleagues expressed c

Two Contenders for Somerset County Sheriff

The two contenders for Somerset County Sheriff debated the role of cooperating with federal immigration authorities and gave their approaches for battling the opioid crisis at the only Somerset County candidates forum held this election season. Republican William Parenti and Democrat Darrin Russo appeared on the same stage at the League of Women Voters of Greater New Brunswick’s forum at Somerville High School in September. The two are vying to replace Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, a Republican who is retiring in December after 18 years. During the 51-minute-forum, both men waded into the larger immigration debate facing the country, particularly as it relates to the work of the sheriff’s dep

Groundbreaking for 86-Unit Affordable Apartment Building in Montgomery Township on Oct 23

Developers have cleared the trees from the future Montgomery Crossing site on Hartwick Drive — near the intersection of routes 518 and 206. PIRHL Developers, LLC (PIRHL), in partnership with H.E.L.P. Development Corp (HELP), announced they will start construction on October 23 of "The Apartments at Montgomery Crossing," a $22 million, 86-unit development for working families, senior citizens, and professionals who earn incomes at or below 60 percent of the local median income. PIRHL and HELP are celebrating this achievement with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, October 23 at 11 am at the site: 9 Hartwick Drive, Montgomery Township. The four-story multifamily apartment building will c

Route 518 Rocky Hill Road Work Scheduled Oct 23 — Oct 30

The Somerset County Engineering Department today announced the following schedule for road work on Route 518 through Rocky Hill — from Route 206 to the Millstone River Bridge. Inlet and Manhole Repairs on Route 518 / Washington Street in Rocky Hill from Route 206 to the bridge over Millstone River — Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25. Working hours will be 7 am to 4 pm with one-lane closures from 9 am to 4 pm. Milling and Paving Work on Route 518 /Washington Street in Rocky Hill from Route 206 to the Millstone River Bridge will take place from Friday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 30 between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm, according to the Somerset County engineer. It is unknown

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh and Democratic Challenger Melonie Marano Square Off

From left: County Freeholder Incumbent Patricia Walsh (R); League of Women Voters’ Moderator Sandy Matsen; and Freeholder Candidate Melonie Marano (D) at the only candidate’s forum scheduled for this election. Will the Somerset County Balance of Power Swing to the Democrat? You Decide. Montgomery and Rocky Hill voters will play a key role in deciding who will call the shots in Somerset County. Two candidates are running for one three-year term on the Somerset County Board of Freeholders. County services include: higher education, road and bridge maintenance, curbside recycling, parks and recreation, employment training, social services, and recording of deeds and wills Republican Somerset Co

Montgomery Planning Board Approves Chase Bank Branch for Red Oak Diner Site on Route 206

In an age of online banking, some may question the need for more brick-and-mortar banks. Yet, in Montgomery Township, the banking business is booming — with brand visibility and in-person customer service ranking high with the seven banks in close proximity to the Route 206-Route 518 intersection. And, the township is about to get another. The Montgomery planning board unanimously approved a final site plan for a 3,470-square-foot Chase bank during its regular meeting on Monday, October 7. The new Chase bank will replace the Red Oak Diner, and will have two drive-throughs, each with a single ATM machine. There will also be a walk-up ATM in a vestibule. "The days of having six to eight teller

Rocky Hill’s Pacific Southern Model Railroad Show Returns on October 26 & 27

The Pacific Southern Model Railroad (PSMR) of Rocky Hill will be open the weekend of October 26 and 27. “This train show is unlike any other,” according to Carlton Pate, who lives in the Washington Street (Route 518) home where the railroad is setup in his basement. “ The large 90-foot by 45-foot space with 3,500 feet, or two-thirds of a mile of track, allows visitors excellent views of the trains and scenery. PSMR held its first annual HO-scale display 55 years ago. It now includes 30 trains, and both steam and diesel locomotives. There will also be a hands-on layout for kids, and a Ford brass cars and license plate display. Pate will talk about the history of the PSMR, and how the trains w

Rocky Hill Day —October 5

Schedule of events: 3 pm Yoga. Yoga at Borough Hall near the soccer field. PFW will be leading the class. Bring your yoga mat! 4:30 pm Parade. The parade will begin promptly at 4:30 pm and run from the firehouse to borough hall. Please have your children and dogs at the firehouse by 4:15 pm if they wish to participate in the parade. Prizes for best dog costume and best bike decorations! Road closures on County Route 518 and Montgomery Ave will be in effect, please plan ahead accordingly. 5 pm: Rocky Hill Borough Hall Children's activities: We will have kickball games, face painting, a bouncy house, mechanical horse, and a knight in armor for the children to challenge. The Rocky Hill Fi

Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods in Somerset County

Sharbell performed a clear cut of trees near the corner of Routes 206 and 518 in September to make way for its Montgomery Crossing development. Sharbell will build 107 townhomes and 40 condominiums on this site, and an additional 100 percent affordable 80-plus unit family rental building on an adjacent lot, for which it has partnered with PIRHL Acquisitions. A workshop titled “Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods” attracted 40 participants to Somerville on September 13. The workshop celebrated themes of sustainability, ‘going green,’ and energy efficiency applicable in large-scale developments, including office complexes and housing. Laurette Kratina, chief of strategic planning for Somerset Count

One Amazing Corn Maze — Open Now til October 27

Montgomery residents can access — within a 20-minute drive — at least a half dozen festivals every weekend in October, including at the Hillsboro, Norz-Hill, Snyders, Suydam, Terhune, and Von Thun farms. While harvest celebrations are a centuries-old tradition, one popular feature today — the corn maze — is just a quarter-century old, according to Pete Watson, Director of the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell. He should know because Howell has the oldest, continuously running corn maze in New Jersey, dating back to 1997. The Howell Farm Corn Maze runs until the end of October. Corn mazes involve cutting ephemeral pathways through large cornfields, creating challenging games of navigat

Two Montgomery Teens Found

Montgomery Township Police reported at 10:54 pm on Monday, October 1, that both teens have been found and reunited with their parents. ------- Montgomery Township Police were looking for two missing juveniles. Arthur Laub (above left) and Chloe Kassas (above right), who are both 15-year-old Montgomery residents, went missing on Sunday night, September 30. Chloe Kassas is described as a 15-year old female, 5’ 4’’, 120 lbs, with brown eyes, brown hair, and olive complexion. Arthur Laub is described as a 15-year old male, 5’ 6’’, 105 lbs, with brown eyes, black hair, and light complexion. It is believed that both of the missing juveniles were traveling together. Montgomery police were investiga

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