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Bergen Sworn into Freeholder Board

Former Springfield Township Attorney takes County Office.

On Sunday, Jan. 6, Bruce Bergen was sworn into the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Bergen, a Springfield resident and a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, has practiced law in Union County for 32 years.  A lifelong resident of Union County, he has been active in leadership and elected positions with the Union County Democratic Committee since 1979. Bergen was Springfield's township attorney for 17 of the past 19 years.

Among other accolades, Bergen was recently picked by the Springfield B’nai B’rith to receive its 2012 International Citizenship and Civic Award. Last year, he was appointed 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.

In 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed him to a second term as a member of the District XII (Union County) Attorney Ethics Committee, where he served as Chairman in 2009-2010. He also completed a five year term as the Board Chairman of Central Jersey Legal Services, which provides free civil legal representation to eligible residents of Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties, where 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 has two children, Stefanie and Ross, with his wife of 28 years, Jodi.

In a statement from the county, Bergen said that he hoped to draw on his experience in local government to pursue opportunities for Union County to offer shared services to municipalities and to continue ongoing efforts to broaden business opportunity within Union County.

"I am truly humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as a member of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders," Bergen told Patch.

Conor M January 08, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Absolutely disgusting. Another politician with self-serving interests milking taxpayers and taking care of those close to him. The article didn't mention all the patronage positions he and his wife were rewarded with for all the years of serving the party. His wife Jodi was appointed to a no-show no-report Union County "Shared Services Ad Hoc Committee" and received $4,500 a year for it. Not only are taxpayers going to foot the bill for his Freeholder salary, but we'll be paying for his pension and health benefits for life.
B Freeman January 09, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Take a close look at the picture..he doesn't have his right hand raised, its on the new testament bible and his left hand is behind his back probably with his fingers crossed, I'm guessing. But beyond that he is a good party member. He was the throw away candidate for the democrats for assembly, 4 times. This is reward.
Bruce Bergen January 09, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Thank you.
Bruce Bergen January 24, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Actually, it is the Old Testament which I was given by the Temple Beth El Men's Club at the time of my Bar Mitzvah.
jaci dors March 29, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Bergen is a self serving politian who destroyed Springfield taxes and now will further destroy Union corrupt snakes. We finally got rid of him and now he is back like the nasty cockroaches...and rates!

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