Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen served in 2017 as the Chairman of the Freeholder Board, becoming the first Freeholder in decades to serve consecutive years in that capacity.
As Chairman in both 2016 and 2017, he oversaw wide ranging improvements in transportation and economic development, services for seniors including the Senior Focus and Seniors in Motion program, educational and arts opportunities for youth, and services for Veterans including the UC HERO initiative.
Bergen’s initiatives as Chairman also assisted thousands with job opportunities in the private sector through the Workforce Innovation Business Center. The County also initiated various parks improvements, opening the new and refurbished Warinanco Park Sports Center.
Bergen supported the efforts to broaden direct rail service and continues to work with the Mayors’ Committee to remediate flooding along the Rahway River.
Bergen, a Springfield resident and a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, has been an attorney for 37 years. Bergen presented seminars at the NJ League of Municipalities conference, on ethics for elected officials. A lifelong resident of Union County, he has been in leadership and elected posts with the County Democratic Committee. He 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, providing free legal representation to residents of Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties. He remains a Board member.
Bergen serves 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 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. In 2016, Bergen received the Excellence in Community Living Award from Community Access Unlimited, and in 2017, he received the Community Service Award from Jewish Family Services of Central Jersey.
He and Jodi have been married for more than 33 years and have two grown children, Stefanie and Ross.