Experienced & Effective Leadership

Experience matters a great deal in municipal government. With 24 years of collective experience serving on the Robbinsville Township Council, we understand how to direct the energy and resources of Robbinsville’s municipal government to effectively address the needs of our residents. We have the track record to prove it. We’ve lowered property taxes while most other communities are raising them, balanced the need to grow our community’s economy with the desire to maintain our rural landscape and traditions, and fostered a safe and supportive environment. Our steady hands have kept Robbinsville on the right path.

We believe that to serve our community effectively, you need to know our community intimately. During our years of service, we’ve developed meaningful and lasting relationships with residents across the community. We’ve celebrated achievements, collaborated to solve problems large and small, and provided comfort during moments of tremendous sadness and loss. We’ve been fortunate to earn the trust of our neighbors- many of whom we now call friends. Our bond with the Robbinsville community has only grown stronger over time, as has our desire to make Robbinsville an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

We consider it a privilege and an honor to serve our Robbinsville community. Our collective experience as private-sector business leaders, non-profit board members and volunteers, and veteran elected officials provides us with the knowledge, skills, and perspective to continue meeting the needs of our community in the years to come.

Lowering Our Property Taxes

Discussing Property Taxes at Residents’ 
Homes

In 2015, we were elected to serve on the Township Council overwhelmingly on a straightforward promise: lower Robbinsville’s municipal tax rate. Throughout our campaign that year, we heard from long-time residents who remembered the days when their tax bill had only three digits and who no longer thought they could afford to live in the community in which they raised their families. We spoke with parents of recent high school graduates who had posted fresh “for sale” signs on their properties next to their “congratulations graduate” signs. Too many of our neighbors were getting taxed out of our community, and they expected the municipal government to get creative and solve the problem.

Four years later, we can report that our municipal tax rate is lower today than when we made that promise in 2015. Robbinsville is unique in this regard in Mercer County, and we became the envy of municipalities across the State of New Jersey by producing three tax reductions and one “flat” municipal budget in the last four years. This fiscal leadership took every ounce of creativity and diligence we, as well as Mayor Fried and his Administration, could muster. Adopting best practices from the private sector, our team took a “zero based” budgeting approach, challenging spending decisions with a fresh canvass each year instead of simply adding onto the previous year’s spending plans. We made sacrifices where we needed to, while investing wisely and improving efficiency in the high-quality programs and amenities that our residents expect and deserve. Each tax reduction we approved meant that more of our neighbors could afford to remain a part of our community.

This year, we renew our commitment to each and every taxpayer in Robbinsville to work tirelessly to make our community even more affordable over the next four years.

Generating Healthy Economic Development

When Robbinsville’s local economy grows, individual property owners shoulder less of the burden of paying for municipal government services. Attracting high-quality businesses to town will remain a key priority for our team, as part of our mission to make living in Robbinsville more affordable. Working hand-in-hand with Mayor Fried and his economic development team, we have added $40 million dollars of additional economic activity to Robbinsville since we took office in 2015.

Welcoming QuickChek to Robbinsville

Through a combination of economic incentives and good old-fashioned salesmanship, we’ve continued to attract Fortune 500 companies that have made Robbinsville a hub for the rapid expansion of eCommerce. Our Matrix Business Park hosts Amazon’s premier distribution center and has developed into a powerful economic engine for our community. Robbinsville now benefits from millions of dollars in tax revenue flowing from our industrial parks each year, with minimal impact to our residents.

We put a premium on attracting businesses that residents can enjoy and that have developed reputations as great community partners. We welcomed a long-sought-after Starbucks coffee shop on Route 33 and are excited about the economic activity occurring on Main Street. New businesses such as Coterie 17 and the long-awaited PJ’s Pancake House will compliment local favorites like Papa’s Pizza and Ernie’s Tavern. Family owned and operated QuickChek Corp opened up a beautiful new location on Robbinsville-Allentown Road, and they have already proven to be a strong supporter of our youth sports leagues. In addition to QuickCheck, Wawa will open a convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Route 130 and Meadowbrook Road. Residents should expect many more positive developments as businesses continue to view Robbinsville as THE place in central New Jersey to open up shop.

The above accomplishments are nice, but we won’t rest on our laurels. Important economic initiatives remain which will influence the long-term success and prosperity of Robbinsville:

Revitalization of the Foxmoor Shopping Plaza. While we made significant progress in revitalizing the Foxmoor Shopping Plaza through the passage of redevelopment legislation and by securing an experienced and motivated new owner, residents do not yet have the thriving shopping center they deserve. The Foxmoor Shopping Plaza will remain a top economic development priority for our team- we will finish the job we started.

Breaking Ground on Route 130

Redevelopment of Town Center South. The Township Council recently passed a resolution establishing Penn Medicine as our redeveloper of record for the South side of Route 33. Penn Medicine is a proven and successful organization and we are excited they have partnered with us. With feedback from our redevelopment team, their vision includes medical office space, commercial/retail space, passive recreation, and an assisted living/memory care facility. Critically important is the fact that the current plan has NO market rate housing or apartment component. Our schools are at capacity and our student-to-teacher ratios are too high. Working with Penn Medicine to develop Town Center South without a residential component will improve the experience of our residents, businesses, and students.

Transforming the Route 130 Corridor. Transforming Route 130 into a vibrant commercial district will also be a top economic development priority. In 2019, the Township Council commissioned a formal economic development study of Robbinsville’s portion of the Route 130 corridor, seeking expert opinion on how best to reshape the commercial space to unlock millions of dollars in revenue for our community, and to provide a new array of shops and amenities for residents to enjoy.

Through hard work, creativity, and patience, we are confident we can deliver on these three economic development objectives over the next four years.

Managing Our Tax Dollars Responsibly

Our philosophy on managing taxpayer dollars is straightforward: spend every dollar as if it was coming out of our own wallets, and demand excellence in the services we’re funding. The results of applying this philosophy consistently during our years of service on Robbinsville’s Township Council speak for themselves- our municipal government runs one of the most efficient and effective operations in the State of New Jersey.

Great examples of this philosophy applied in practice are shared service agreements. Shared service agreements are contracts between Robbinsville Township and neighboring communities to provide or receive local government services that one of the parties cannot cost effectively provide to their residents. Our Department of Public Works is proficient in many services performed within our borders. When surrounding towns are unable to provide the same services to their residents, Robbinsville looks to establish shared services agreements to provide these services to the benefit of both communities.

Examining New Water Filtration Technology
for Robbinsville

The services Robbinsville provides to neighboring communities generate significant revenue for our community each year. Conversely, by “hiring” expertise and service capacity in cases where developing homegrown solutions isn’t cost effective for Robbinsville, we are able to provide high-quality services at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers. Since we took office in 2015, we initiated or reauthorized over 40 shared service agreements with neighboring communities.

Looking ahead, we see continued opportunity to engage in additional shared service agreements with neighboring communities and within our own community. While we’ve collaborated with the School District in recent years to fund School Resource Officers in all three of our schools, place crossing guards at some of our most dangerous intersections, and make upgrades to shared recreational spaces, we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible. Both the Township and the School District have infrastructure and maintenance projects which must be completed each year. As such, we see a path to partnership to perform projects simultaneously, maximize our purchasing power, and improve our project management efficiency. The savings from this logical approach can be put right back into the classrooms, fund other necessary capital projects, or further lower our tax rate. With a strong working relationship with the Board of Education, our collaborative efforts will benefit our students and community members at the most reasonable cost to taxpayers.

Preserving Hundreds of Acres of Open Space

Celebrating Tomm May’s Legacy
of Nature Conservation

While many communities across New Jersey have been transformed by unchecked residential and commercial development, Robbinsville has grown responsibly while maintaining key elements of its rich, rural history. Residents can count on us to continue preserving open space while upgrading our parks and recreational programs, so that our community can enjoy these treasures for decades to come.

In 2016, we asked Robbinsville’s residents to join us in supporting a ballot measure that would provide funding for the purchase of two properties targeted for residential development: Washington Woods and Miry Run Golf Club. Housing projects on these two properties would have been disastrous, stripping away some of our community’s most pristine landscape and overcrowding our public schools to the point that new building construction would have been unavoidable. Voters responded with overwhelming support for the measure and we kept our promise by purchasing and protecting both properties. These purchases alone added 360 acres of preserved land to the Robbinsville community, and we are actively fielding ideas from residents on how best to use this land for passive recreation.

In the next four years, we will continue to strike the right balance between the need for healthy economic development with the desire to maintain our rural landscape and traditions through the preservation of additional open space. With the support of our recently awarded “Mercer at Play” grant from the County, we’ll also work to upgrade and add new sporting fields, courts, and equipment to meet the needs of our growing youth sports community. Finally, as the time has come to repair and refurbish playground equipment in several of our public parks, we will use the opportunity to make those amenities accessible to all children, including those with developmental disabilities. Under our leadership, Robbinsville will continue to be a great place to live and to play.