Monmouth County

Monmouth County  is a county located in Central New Jersey, in the United States within the New York metropolitan area, and the northernmost county along the Jersey Shore. As of the 2016 Census estimate, the county’s population was 625,846, making it the state’s fifth-most populous county, representing a decrease of 0.7% from the 2010 Census, when the population was enumerated at 630,380, in turn an increase of 15,079 from 615,301 at the 2000 Census. As of 2010, the county fell to the fifth-most populous county in the state, having been surpassed by Hudson County. Its county seat is Freehold Borough. The most populous place was Middletown Township, with 66,522 residents at the time of the 2010 Census, while Howell Township covered 61.21 square miles (158.5 km2), the largest total area of any municipality.

Monmouth County ranked 38th among the highest-income counties in the United States as of 2011, placing it among the top 1.2% of counties by wealth. As of 2009, it was ranked 56th in the United States by personal per-capita income.

As of October 31, 2014, there were a total of 428,452 registered voters in Monmouth County, of whom 101,850 (23.8%) were registered as Democrats, 98,404 (23.%) were registered as Republicans and 227,823 (53.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 375 voters registered to other parties. Among the county’s 2010 Census population, 89% of residents of age 18 and over were registered to vote.

Monmouth County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are elected at-large for three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year. Each January, the freeholders select one of their members to serve as the director of the board for the year to preside over the meetings and activities of the board. Monmouth County’s Freeholders have both administrative and policy making powers. The freeholders oversee the five mandatory functions of county government delegated to it by the state. Each freeholder is assigned responsibility for one of the five functional areas: Administration and Special Services; Public Works and Engineering; Human Services, Health and Transportation; Finance and Administration of Justice, overseeing more than 70 county departments in total. The Board of Chosen Freeholders and manages the daily operations of the county’s more than 3,000 employees

Current Candidate

Other Freeholders

Lillian Burry

  • Lillian Burry has served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2006.
  • In 2008, she was elected Freeholder Director for the first time and became the first woman in County history to be elected to this position. Lillian now serves as Freeholder Director in 2017 for the fourth time.
  • Prior to 2006, Lillian served three terms on the Colts Neck Township Committee, including stints as Mayor and Deputy-Mayor. Years before that in Matawan, Lillian was the first woman ever elected to the Borough Council.
  • Under her leadership as Freeholder Director, the Board has made many improvements to County government, including strict oversight of spending and budget practices. With Lillian’s guidance, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has introduced a budget for 2017 that is $24.6 million lower than the 2016 budget and $11.8 million lower than 2006 spending.
  • Burry is completing her perhaps most accomplished term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Her work was instrumental in the acquisition of Fort Monmouth from the federal government.
  • She has been named person of the year by the Latino-American Council, the Fraternal Order of the Police, the Conservation Foundation, the Agricultural Commission, Marine Corps League, and Historic Association. She received the 2012 Spinnaker Award and was also recently selected as the winner of the 2017 New Jersey Women of Achievement Award by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).
  • She is a dedicated public servant to Monmouth County and its residents.

Pat Impreveduto

  • Pat Impreveduto has been a Holmdel Township Committeeman for 9 years. He has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has since served the community and its residents.
  • As the Mayor of Holmdel from 2011-2015, Pat emphasized development in Holmdel and reinvented what is now known as Bell Works. With the PILOT program in place, Bell Works brings a projected additional $87 million to the Holmdel taxpayer.
  • During Superstorm Sandy, Pat relentlessly worked to keep all Holmdel residents informed and safe. He held townwide gatherings for Holmdel residents and arranged for free shelter and food for those affected by the storm.
  • In addition to his public service, Pat has spent his life in education as both a teacher and an administrator. Since 2011, he has been the Associate Director of the Middle States Association of Colleges Schools and Schools. He is responsible for the accreditation of approximately 500 public, private, charter, and parochial schools. Pat also served on the Holmdel Board of Education from 2001 through 2007.
  • His combined experience of public service and education make him a great candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder.

John Curley

  • Freeholder John P. Curley was sworn in to a third three-year term on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders on January 6, 2016. He is currently in his eighth year in office, now serving as Deputy Director, having previously served as Director of the Board in 2012 and Deputy Director in 2011
  • With a business background, Mr. Curley brought forth to the Freeholder Board a 23 point program to reduce county spending, using outsourcing, job consolidation and an emphasis on zero based budgeting. Freeholder Curley reviewed the financial records of the Care Centers and battled six years to privatize them, saving taxpayers multi millions of dollars. He reviewed the financial operations of Brookdale Community College and exposed improprieties in the former college president’s office which led to his removal. Freeholder Curley also exposed improprieties in the award of Farmland Preservation funding to a local elected official leading to federal charges. He questioned the fairness of the Monmouth County Tax Reassessment Program and called for a prosecutorial investigation into its operations.
  • Prior to his election as a freeholder, Mr. Curley served as a councilman in Red Bank, was a member of the Red Bank Zoning Board of Adjustment and was council liaison to the local Planning Board, the Historic Preservation Commission, Special Improvement District and the Public Works Committee. As a Red Bank Councilman, he successfully initiated and won passage of a resolution to place a cap on all municipal spending accounts. As a consummate consumer advocate, Freeholder Curley confronted the Board of Public Utilities to deny the rate increases for the New Jersey American Water Co, JCP&L, and NJ Natural Gas. He stood publically in opposition to the JCP&L High Tensions Power Line proposal.
  • Mr. Curley is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Brookdale Community College and Thomas Edison State College. A lifelong, fourth generation resident of Monmouth County, he grew up in Shrewsbury and lives in Middletown. He is a trustee of the Christian Brothers Academy Alumni Association, an Associate Member of the Marine Corps League and a former trustee of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Central Jersey Chapter. Mr. Curley is vice president of his family’s car dealership located in Lakewood, Jim Curley Buick GMC Kia.
  • Each February Freeholder Curley sponsors and coordinates an educational seminar on municipal, county and state government at Brookdale Community College. Freeholder Curley oversees the Department of Human Services and is the liaison to the following: Office on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services, Board of Health, Brookdale Community College, County Adjuster, Fire Marshall/Fire Academy, Health Care Facilities, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Social Services, Planning & Contracting, Transportation and JDAI Program. Since 2012 Freeholder Curley has coordinated an annual countywide food drive, with the proceeds given to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Tom Arnone

  • Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone was sworn in to his third three-year term on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2017. He served as director of the board in 2014 and 2016 and deputy director in 2012 and 2013. Currently in his seventh year in office, he oversees the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering and serves as the liaison to Public Information and Tourism, Economic Development and the Office of Shared Services.
  • Since being elected as a freeholder, Arnone has been an advocate for shared services between municipalities and counties. He established the Grow Monmouth program to help revitalize the County’s business climate, developed a Façade Improvement program and set-up a Tourism Advisory Group to bring mayors and tourism leaders together. Mr. Arnone also developed the annual Made In Monmouth event to exclusively showcase locally-made consumer products.
  • Prior to his election as a freeholder, Mr. Arnone served as an elected official in Neptune City. As mayor, from 2004 through 2010, he was instrumental in the acquisition of more than $1.5 million in grants and the successful revitalization of underutilized areas in the community. As a council member from 1997 through 2003, Mr. Arnone held positions as Police Commissioner, Public Works Commissioner and the Finance committee chairman.
  • During his tenure in Neptune City, Mr. Arnone served as the director of the Office of Emergency Management and as a member of the Land Use, Planning, and Recreation boards as well as the Shade Tree, Environmental and Community Development Block Grant committees and the Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
  • Active in statewide organizations, Mr. Arnone currently represents the County on the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. He is a board member of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division and organized the inaugural Pound the Pavement for Purple in 2014 to support pancreatic cancer research. Mr. Arnone served as the 2010 president of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and has been an active member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities.
  • Mr. Arnone is a graduate of Neptune High School and attended Brookdale Community College. He currently is Vice President of Property Management for PRC Group.
  • Mr. Arnone and his wife Catherine reside in Neptune City with their daughter.