Bruce H. Bergen served his first term as Chairman of the Freeholder Board in 2016, and was appointed to a second term as Chairman for 2017.
As Chairman in 2016, he oversaw wide ranging improvements in transportation and economic development, services for seniors and Veterans; education; and parks and environmental programs.
This year, Bergen announced “Connecting our Community” initiatives that include new job training and educational opportunities for our youth, social service programs, arts and history offerings, new parks improvements and events, and new environmental programs.
Additionally, Bergen supports the efforts of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to broaden direct rail service and works with the Mayors’ Committee to remediate flooding along the Rahway River.
As 2014 Chairman of the Open Space Trust Fund, Bergen guided the county’s environmental efforts, and worked to award funds to municipalities for recreation.
Bergen, a Springfield resident and a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, has been an attorney for 36 years. Bergen has participated in presenting seminars at the NJ League of Municipalities conference, on the subject of ethics for elected officials. A lifelong resident of Union County, he has been in leadership and elected posts with the County Democratic Committee. He previously served as Springfield township attorney for 17 years.
Appointed twice as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court, District XII Attorney Ethics Committee, Bergen served as Chairman in 2009-2010. In 2013 he also completed a five-year term as Board Chairman of Central Jersey Legal Services, which provides free legal representation to eligible residents of Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties. He remains a Board member.
Bergen continues to serve as a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the state municipal attorney organization affiliated with the New Jersey League of Municipalities and as an Associate Editor of the League’s Local Government Law Review. In 2005, Bergen was designated a Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law.
Born and raised in Cranford, Bergen has been a member of the Rotary Club of Cranford since 1982 and has twice served as president. In 1993 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, that organization’s highest honor. Bergen was picked by Springfield B’nai B’rith to receive its 2012 International Citizenship and Civic Award.
He and Jodi have been married for more than 32 years and have two grown children, Stefanie and Ross.