Freeholder Bruce Bergen
Bruce H. Bergen was elected in November 2012, to his first term on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. With his experience in local government, Bergen has focused on pursuing opportunities for Union County to offer shared services to municipalities, and on assisting opportunities for business in Union County. He also worked closely with various organizations to remediate flooding along the Rahway River, institute direct rail service to Manhattan for the Raritan Valley line, and pursue relief from airplane noise.
Bergen, a Springfield resident and a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, has been practicing law for the past 33 years in Union County. A lifelong resident of Union County, he has been active in leadership and elected positions with the County Democratic Committee since 1979. Bergen previously served as Springfield township attorney for 17 years.
Bergen was picked by the Springfield B’nai B’rith to receive its 2012 International Citizenship and Civic Award. He was recently appointed to a second term as a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the state-wide municipal attorney organization affiliated with the New Jersey League of Municipalities. Bergen will continue as an Associate Editor of the Local Government Law Review, published quarterly by that organization, a position he has held since 2006. In 2005, Bergen was designated a Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law.
Bergen was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to two terms as a member of the District XII (Union County) Attorney Ethics Committee, where he served as Chairman in 2009-2010. Last year he also completed a five-year term as Board Chairman of Central Jersey Legal Services, which provides free civil legal representation to eligible residents of Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties. He remains a Board member.
Born and raised in Cranford, Bergen has been a member of the Rotary Club of Cranford since 1982 and has twice served as president of the service organization. In 1993 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, that organization’s highest honor. He also served for many years as the Attorney Coach for the Cranford High School Mock Trial Team.
He is married for 29 years to his wife, Jodi, and has two children, Stefanie and Ross.