Freeholder Christopher Hudak brings a wealth of governmental experience and non-profit experience to County Government.
Hudak was re-elected to a second three-year term in 2014, after being appointed to the Freeholder Board in December, 2010 to fill an unexpired term.
Freeholder Hudak served as Chairman of the Board in 2014, completing a series of initiatives entitled “Strong Government and Strong Services” that created free Wi-Fi in six County locations, broke ground on two major education facilities projects, cut the ribbon on the new Warinanco Park track and field, and increased the County’s social media and webpage outreach.
Initiatives also completed included new plans addressing sustainable development, storm infrastructure resilience, transportation, and economic competitiveness. The County also completed health and wellness endeavors, and became the second governmental agency in the country to ask gun vendors a series of socially responsible questions on gun safety.
Under his Chairmanship, the Board also completed the sale of Runnells Specialized Hospital, and leased back its Cornerstone Psychiatric unit. The transaction enabled the hospital and psychiatric unit to continue to run long term, stemming its operational deficits, bringing the County $26 million in revenues, and saving millions annually.
Hudak is a strong advocate for public safety shared services programs such as the County Police Dispatch system, which has expanded; County Homeland Security services, which has distributed millions in public safety equipment; and the life-saving County EMS service.
Freeholder Hudak served as Fiscal Chairman in 2013 and 2015. The 2015 Fiscal Committee decreased spending and delivered the smallest percentage tax increase to Union County taxpayers in 10 years. The same budget included the first installment of the Union County Infrastructure Grant program. Under this program, the County offered $1.5 million in match grants to municipalities undertaking economic development plans, downtown development projects, community enhancement efforts, road work repairs, child care or senior care projects, or feasibility studies. All 21 municipalities participated.
Hudak works for Kean University and is a licensed insurance agent. He previously worked for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Hudak also 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 served as Chairman of the Linden Democratic Committee and 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 a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.
Hudak has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University and is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in Political Science. He is a graduate of Roselle Catholic High School. Hudak and his wife Terri, reside in Linden with their daughter Catherine, and son Jackson.