Mayor Jen Blumenstock (D)

TERM: 01/01/2023 to 12/31/2026
Jennifer Blumenstock Bio:

Jen is in her first term as Mayor, after having served on Council for six years and as Council President for three of those years.  During her time on Council, she has served as Department of Public Works Commissioner for each of those six years, ensuring that the DPW was operating equipment that was safe and reliable for the workers and the residents.   Jen also led the rebuilding of Hartman Park, which was significantly funded by multiple County and State grants that she secured.  Her work as Senior Citizens Liaison ensured the seniors in Garwood remained a priority with the negotiation of a new 4,000 square foot community center at the Paperboard development with dedicated municipal parking as well as adding new classes and activities to the senior calendar.  In addition, through her work on the Finance Committee, she was instrumental in giving Garwood its lowest tax impacts in almost 20 years which includes two years with no municipal tax increase at all.

Jen has made community volunteerism a cornerstone of her time in office, and  has spearheaded several new Garwood community day events including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Touch-A-Truck.  Most notably, she founded Garwood’s Green Team, which has taken on projects such as a rain garden at the Rec. Complex to address preventable flooding on our baseball field, beautification projects such as the refurbishment of Georgiana Gurrieri Memorial Park, as well as small business initiatives such as the Adopt-A-Pot Christmas decoration program.  Since its founding Garwood has twice earned Bronze level certification through Sustainable Jersey resulting in new grants for the town. 

Jen is the President of the Garwood Lions Club, volunteers with the Garwood PTA, and is a member of the Education Foundation of Garwood. She is also a Commissioner on the Union County Commission on the Status of Women.  Jen graduated Rutgers University with degrees in Political Science and Journalism, and also holds a teaching degree from William Paterson University.  She raises her two daughters, aged 14 and 11, with her husband, Andy.




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Last updated 1/6/2023