Freeholder Christopher Hudak
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.
As Chairman of the Freeholder Board in 2014, Hudak led the County through the launch of free Wi-Fi at County facilities, groundbreaking on two new education facilities, and the opening of the new Warinanco Park track and field. In 2014 Union County also completed planning initiatives in response to Hurricane Sandy and became the first county nationwide to ask gun vendors for their position on gun safety.
In 2015, the County decreased spending and created the Union County Infrastructure Grant program, which to date has distributed $6 million in matching grants for road resurfacing and other municipal infrastructure priorities.
Hudak sponsored the Union County Initiative to Combat Heroin Addiction, which provides support for Union County residents seeking rehabilitation services, and championed the creation of the UC STEM grants program (Union County Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to support existing and new STEM opportunities in elementary and middle schools throughout the County. The STEM grant program launched in 2018 with the disbursement of grants to 40 programs in 14 municipalities.
Hudak works for Kean University and is a licensed insurance agent. His experience in public and non-profit service includes the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, and the office of the late former Assemblyman and State Senator Joseph Suliga, where he served as Chief of Staff.
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 an Eagle Scout.
A graduate of Roselle Catholic High School and Rutgers University, Hudak holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University and is currently completing his Juris Doctorate at Rutgers.
Hudak reside in Linden with his wife Terri and their daughter Catherine and son Jackson.