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High Bridge is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by High Bridge, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The Borough Council decides committee and liaison assignments for council members. Appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

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  • Natalie Ferry
    (Dem)

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    Michelle S. Hoffmann
    (Dem)

  • Alan E. Schwartz
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing our municipality? How do you intend to address these challenges?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this office?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

The State’s Attorney General has directed all county and municipal police agencies to identify discriminatory policies and practices and work to eliminate them. What can our municipality do to promote accountability and non-biased policing in law enforcement?

What are your short-term and long-term proposals to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

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Campaign Address 61 Church Street Apt 2 High Bridge NJ 08829
Website hoffmannforhighbridge.com
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/michellehoffmannforHB/
High Bridge is like most small towns in America facing the challenges of modernizing in all senses of the word and we have to embrace those changes or we will be left behind. We know that we have to come up with ways to invest in our town without selling it out. We have to preserve the pieces of High Bridge that make it a great place to live and be willing to embrace change and usher in a future that our kids are depending on. We are also dealing with issues related to diversity and the Mayor has suggested that there should be a discussion on making sure that our town in inclusive. If I were to be elected, I would be the first non-white person to sit on Town Council, and can provide insight into this topic from a leadership position. Representation matters.
I studied political science as an undergraduate at Rutgers University and earned a Masters of Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I spent my career managing personnel and doing administrative work, which is a function of town council. I have also mostly worked for small businesses doing payroll, billing, and human resources, so I know what goes into running a small business in New Jersey. Prior to my career in HR, I was a line cook at a busy Brooklyn restaurant and have experience working long hard hours for very little pay and how difficult it can be to keep my head above water. I have a wide-range of experiences that lends itself well to a small town like ours, where we have a diversity of work and incomes.
I believe that our town needs to explore more options for the inevitable increase in visitors this spring, how we can raise revenue, but not spoil our beautiful resources. I think the language banning cannabis dispensaries in High Bridge that was passed a couple of years ago is too narrow, which does not allow for our coffee shop to sell hemp milk. This is something that can be easily remedied with new language that eases up on restrictions not related to the business.
I would have to look into the High Bridge Police Department's policies around this issue. Perhaps having an open forum is necessary.
In the short-term, we will have to look at the data to see how our local businesses are being impacted and find ways to help them. We can promote their businesses and work with them to make sure that they have what they need from us to succeed. In the long-term, we have to get creative about how we can use our resources to off-set some costs. Again, that has to be balanced with preserving them. There can be a balance.
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