Manalapan: GOP Primary-VOTE COLUMN 1 – GREEN/GARCIA for County Endorsed Candidates



(Some quotes taken from Sat’s APP article by Alesha Williams Boyd)

Two local GOP County Committee nominees (Garcia and Green) and their challengers (Kalman and Johnson) face off at the polls on Tuesday. Here’s the Candidates:


Steve Johnson, 54; in the office automation service industry; wife, Helene Leeder-Johnson; member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Community Alliance; director of the Republican Club. (3rd in votes from the nominating committee)

William “Bill” Garcia, 42; 20 years in financial services, currently a project manager. He and wife, Donna, have two girls, 17 and 15, and a 10-year-old son. He is a coach in the Manalapan Baseball Association, Donna is active in son’s PTA. As a fairly new (2 years) resident, Bill brings fresh unbiased perspective to our most important issues. (2nd in votes from the nominating committee)

Ryan D. Green, 28; school social worker in Perth Amboy schools; engaged to be married; member of the Board of Education, Manalapan Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Mayor’s Council for Special Needs. (1st in votes from the nominating committee)

Kalman Budai, 50; president of a ceramic tile company; wife, Michelle; a daughter, 25, son, 21; member of the Summer Recreation Committee, Transportation Committee, President of Manalapan Republican Club (last in nominating votes from the nominating committee), director of Manalapan Recreation Volleyball


Kalman “Butch” Budai and Steve Johnson are challenging the County Committee nominees, Ryan D. Green and William “Bill” Garcia. Two three-year terms on the Township Committee are up for grabs in November.

Johnson said he and Budai will better serve the township as “longtime Manalapan volunteers that have worked hard for our families and for the township. Our opponents just got involved this year.”

(however, a particular someone was kicked off the Recreation committee – exactly how does one get “kicked-off” a volunteer committee?)

“You need to have people that have a certain level of trust built up in the community,” Johnson said.

Interesting: Johnson is past Manalapan Republican President, Kalman is current Manalapan Republican President – YET: lost out to Garcia and Green -What does that tell you?

But Johnson and Budai contend they would be these people, with hopes of bringing in more ratables to offset taxes and improve commuter conditions if elected. (in response to Green’s comment: “I don’t think people are going to dwell on who’s had the title longest. I think they’re going to look at who’s the best person for the job.”)


Green and Garcia said their goals also include ensuring quality of life is protected in the development of the Village at Manalapan, which has been stalled due to traffic and redesign plans.

“right now (traffic) is a burden on our residents and the last thing they want to do is sit in traffic from 15 minutes to a half hour to even more,” Garcia said. “That’s got to be addressed first and foremost. The next step is to look at how much it is going to cost as far as services required — police and everything related to operating a huge project like that.”

However, Johnson said the project, as long as it remains within the scope of what zoning allows, could be a boon for the township.

We need commercial businesses bringing in revenue and other sources of revenue to offset what taxpayers have to pay,” Johnson said. “That’s the only way you’re going to get taxes to come down.

“We have a master plan and we should be looking into getting businesses in that conform to our plan,” Johnson said. “But you have to actively look for them. You can’t just hope they show up some day.”

In my interpretation – Kalman and Johnson would likely have every intention on pandering to developers – totally AGAINST what many many residents express: “PROTECT THE BEAUTY OF OUR OPEN SPACE” of course, this is only my opinion and the opinion of others I speak to.


3 Responses to “Manalapan: GOP Primary-VOTE COLUMN 1 – GREEN/GARCIA for County Endorsed Candidates”

  1. Bobby abui Says:

    What happened to your libelous remark about Butch acting like a “Soprano?” You know he downloaded the page and emailed it to many supporters. How can you do that, Bill?

    “The challengers, where one is owner of a ceramic tile company challenging for Township Committee, says we need more development here in Manalapan and bring in more businesses and ratable…
    Now Doesn’t THAT sounds like a Soprano State conflict of Interest?”

    How can you attack Budai and Johnson when you don’t even know this is a volunteer job. It won’t pay so you can quit your NYC job. You are too willing to drinking the koolaid, Bill!

  2. Bobby abui Says:

    I see you can stop an opposing comment. Good luck in your political career. Take what you will but please don’t think God is on your side when you call people “Insergents” just to get a political advantage. Did you try praying about that comment before putting your name to it?

  3. Steven Johnson Says:

    Bill you wrote this: “In my interpretation – Kalman and Johnson would likely have every intention on pandering to developers – totally AGAINST what many many residents express:”

    Didn’t you read my “Conforming to the zone” plan? Who are you to say we would pander to the developers. You have never even had a discussion with me. Over development by home builders and zoning approved by previous township committees are the problem. They bring in residents with children it costs 10k each to educate. How much of the 10k each are you paying since you moved in two years ago?

    You really need to get some facts before you accuse us of “Pandering to developers.” That is a complete lie!

    Did you walk the districts. I did. The vast majority want to know why the Village center is not build yet and why that intersection is not fixed by the developer. Both are in the zone and promoted to relieve the intersection for existing traffic and provide a commercial ratable to help with the tax burden. Where is that “Pandering to the developers?”

    Steven Johnson

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