Freeholder Christopher Hudak has served on Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2010. In 2017, he was re-elected to a third three-year term. During his tenure on the Board, Freeholder Hudak has focused on infrastructure growth, education, substance abuse treatment, and recreation opportunities for Union County residents.
Freeholder Hudak served as Chairman of the Freeholder Board in 2014. Under his leadership, the County completed a series of initiatives that included the launch of free Wi-Fi at County facilities, breaking ground on two major education facility projects, cutting the ribbon on the new Warinanco Park track and field, and increasing the County’s social media and webpage presence.
Additionally, Union County completed various planning initiatives in response to Hurricane Sandy and became the first county in the country to ask gun vendors a series of socially responsible questions on gun safety.
Freeholder Hudak served as Fiscal Chairman in 2013 and 2015. In 2015, the County decreased spending and created the Union County Infrastructure Grant program. Since the program’s inception, the county has awarded $4.5 million in match grants for shovel ready infrastructure programs. All 21 municipalities have participated.
In 2017, Hudak sponsored the Union County Initiative to Combat Heroin Addiction, which provides Union County residents fighting opioid addiction access and financial support for detox and rehabilitation services.
For 2018, Freeholder Hudak championed the creation of the UC STEM grants program (Union County Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to support STEM opportunities in elementary and middle schools throughout the County. Grants will be available to fund existing STEM programs or spark the creation of new innovative STEM programming.
Hudak works for Kean University and is a licensed insurance agent. He previously worked for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, served as Public Affairs Director for Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, and was the Chief of Staff for the late former Assemblyman and State Senator Joseph Suliga.
Hudak is a member of the National Association of Counties Large Urban County Caucus. He is the past Chairman of the Linden Democratic Committee and currently a member of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee. He was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He is a member of the Linden Knights of Columbus, a parishioner at St. John’s Church in Clark, and is an Eagle Scout.
Hudak is currently completing his Juris Doctorate at Rutgers University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University and completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers. He is a graduate of Roselle Catholic High School. Hudak and his wife Terri, reside in Linden with their daughter Catherine, and son Jackson.