Green to represent Manalapan GOP for Twp. Committee

After a strong turnout by County Committee members, Butch Budai and Steve Johnson, who challenged and lost last years GOP Primary to Green and Garcia, realized that they wouldn’t gain nomination during Saturday’s Candidate selection and opted to drop out of the running, declaring full support for Ryan Green as the party’s nominee.

What appears to be, at least publicly, a unifying Manalapan Republican base (it remains to be seen if what is mentioned in public, is also what is mentioned in private), the GOP can and will, finally put all its focus and resources in the November election against incumbent Democrat and Mayor, Rich Klauber.

Though a fractured and mending party, there was  a unanimously high level of commitment to bring back Conservative, fiscal responsibility to the residents of Manalapan as a Green win will put the GOP back in charge of the governing body – something that Manalapan sorely needs.


Ryan D. Green and William Garcia for Manalapan Township Committee

Green and Garcia pledge to not accept donations from special interest groups and to limit campaign signs. Democrats refuse to do the same. For more information, click here.

Green and Garcia hold candidate forums in Manalapan. Click below to see what they had to say:

To read more about the candidate forums, click here.

Biographies – Click HERE

Learn about Michelle Roth’s history of raising taxes and frivolously spending our tax dollars.

Green and garcia for Manalapan Twp. Committee

Visit Green and Garcia’s website at  

View our platform, and decide on Nov. 4th, Democrat incumbent Mayor Michelle Roth (increased spending supported by35 % increase in taxes the past 2 years amounting to $6 million) and Don Holland, or Republican’s William Garcia & Ryan Green, both supporting reduction in spending, reduction in taxes, increase open space and be pro-active with Affordable Housing. Time for change – change  that will reverse the spending increases, and will NOT have the residents pay for their Health Benefits – that  alone is a savings of $28,000 per year

Manalapan: GOP Chairman McEnery re-elected for another 2 year term

It was an honor to nominate Steve McEnery during last week’s Manalapan Republican Executive Committee reorganization meeting. The Committee voted and affirmed Mr. McEnery for a third term as Municipal Chair.

Chairman McEnery has been probably the hardest working chairman Manalapan has had and is the only chairman to get local Republican’s elected in the past 10 years – Kudo’s!

Mr McEnery has worked steadfastly to not let individuals with big egos and petty agendas tear the party apart. I offer congrats to Chairman McEnery for a terrific job, and wish him well in his new two year term.

Manalapan: Green, Garcia win right to run on Republican line

By Kathy Baratta at the News Transcript

The voters have spoken and in doing so whittled a field of four Republican candidates down to two who will run against a pair of Democrats in November.

There will be two seats on the Township Committee on the November ballot. The seats carry three-year terms.

Ryan Green and William Garcia defeated Kalman “Butch” Budai and Steven Johnson in the June 3 Republican primary. According to Manalapan municipal clerk RoseAnn Weeden, the final vote tally was: Green, 474 votes, Garcia, 444 votes, Budai, 378 votes, and Johnson 363 votes.

Green thanked the voters of Manalapan for their support in the primary election. He said he wanted to congratulate Johnson and Budai on a tough primary campaign.

(I’d like to echo those words- it was surely a tough campaign and they should keep their heads high!)

“Both sides gave it their all and I wanted to acknowledge that,” he said.

Green said he is “excited about the future and looking forward to the campaign in the fall; to discussing he issues and keeping the campaign positive.”

Green is currently a member of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education. If he is elected to the Township Committee in November he will have to give up his seat on the school board.

Garcia thanked voters for showing confidence in him and Green.

“I am honored that my fellow Republicans have validated the support that the Manalapan Republican County Committee showed back in March. That my finance education, my 20-plus years in financial services and my unbiased perspective on our issues will allow me to serve my community well.

“I look forward to working with my running mate Ryan Green to continue the dialogue of ways to cut waste and provide the residents with the most efficient service possible. I want to thank my township neighbors for their support during this primary, and I look forward to the next leg of this race as I represent them in November’s general election,” Garcia said.

Speaking about his and Budai’s loss, Johnson said he wanted nonetheless to address the hard work of their supporters.

“I want to thank all of our supporters for a great effort. There are too many to name, but they are all quality people who never asked for recognition in the first place. Our supporters just asked us to be honest and express their desire to change the current direction of our errant Township Committee.

“Now, I want to especially thank Butch Budai for being a stand-up guy who really cares about Manalapan like I do. There are great things in store for him in the future and I am honored to have had him as a running mate,” Johnson said.

Budai said he had no comment on the results.

Green and Garcia will face Democrats Michelle Roth and Donald Holland in the general election in November. Roth is a member of the Township Committee and is serving as Manalapan’s mayor in 2008.

Roth and Holland were not challenged in the Democratic primary. Roth received 811 votes and Holland received 799 votes
in the June 3 primary.

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.


Manalapan: Candidates vie for GOP nomination



*** VOTE COLUMN 1***

for the true,

nominated Republican candidates

best suited to serve the people of Manalapan

Kalman, Steve, Ryan, William

From Left to Right: Kalman Budai, Steven Johnson, Ryan Green, William Garcia


Four residents are continuing their campaign to secure the Manalapan Republican Party

nomination in the June 3 primary and earn a place on the November general election ballot.

Two three-year terms on the Manalapan Township Committee will be up for grabs in the November general election.

The Manalapan Republican County Committee has nominated Ryan Green andWilliam Garcia to run for seats on the committee. They are being challenged in the primary by Kalman “Butch” Budai and Steven Johnson.

The Manalapan Democratic County Committee has nominated Township Committeewoman Michelle Roth, who is serving as Manalapan’s mayor this year, and Donald Holland to run for seats on the committee. Roth and Holland are unchallenged in the primary.

Individuals who are eligible to vote in the June 3 Republican primary are those people who are already registered as a Republican, or any unaffiliated individual who shows up at the polls on Election Day and registers as a Republican, according to Municipal Clerk Rose Ann Weeden.

Weeden said that after the primary election, people who switched from unaffiliated to Republican in order to vote in the primary may reregister as unaffiliated.

Polls will be open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. June 3 at the municipality’s regular polling places.

Green, 28, is a 20-year resident of Manalapan. He is a school social worker with the Perth Amboy School District in Middlesex County. Green is a member of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education. If he wins the June 3 primary and is eventually elected to the Township Committee in November, he will have to resign from the school board.

Garcia, 42, is a project manager for a major financial institution in New York City. He has lived in Manalapan for two years.

Budai, 50, has been a resident of Manalapan for 12 years. He is the owner of a ceramic tile company. Prior to that he was a dispatcher for the Suburban Transit Bus Company.

Johnson, 54, is employed in the office automation business, He has been a Manalapan resident for 11 years. He said that in the past he has been responsible for managing a staff of 50 people and a business operating budget of $30 million.


Budai and Johnson, who sought the Republican County Committee nomination but did not receive it, said they decided to mount a primary challenge and run for the Township Committee because Green and Garcia are, in their words, candidates “in name only.” They said neither man was a registered Republican until February.

Green and Garcia responded to that broadside.

According to Green, who grew up in Manalapan and was re-elected to a second term on the school board in April, he had always kept his political registration as unaffiliated because he felt doing so would “leave the politics out of the school board, where I don’t believe they belong.”

However, Green said he has always been a Republican “philosophically” – a term Garcia also embraced when told that was how Green had put it – and has always voted Republican.

Speaking about his voting record on the school board, Green said, “I think my voting record as a fiscal conservative while on the board speaks to my Republican mind-set.”

Garcia said when he moved to Manalapan from Queens, N.Y., in 2006, he registered as a Republican when he registered his motor vehicles and took care of other tasks. At least, he said he thought he had done so. He said it was not until he was looking into voting in the upcoming presidential election that he found out his voting registration had not been properly filed and he was listed in his voter affiliation as unaffiliated.

Garcia said he has been a registered Republican since he was 18. He said he explained all this to the selection committee at the time of his interview “and they were OK with it once it was explained.”


All four men who are running for a seat on the public body that governs Manalapan were asked to name something they like about the community.

Garcia said it was the “good schools and spaciousness” that hooked him when he was looking for a New Jersey community to move his family into; that and the fact his wife had family in the area made it a marriage of suburban ideals and commuter convenience, given Manalapan’s proximity to Wall Street via public transportation.

Green said that given the fact that he grew up in Manalapan, he thought it would be almost impossible to instantly come up with a particular observation. Then he recounted something that happened in the past few weeks that reminded him how much he loves living in Manalapan and is looking forward to raising a family here.

He said shortly after moving into the home in the Yorktowne development where he now resides, there was a knock on the door. Green, who will be married in June, said he almost could not believe it, but “it was a neighbor from the block with an apple pie who just wanted to say ‘welcome to the neighborhood.’ It’s people like that who remind you what a great place Manalapan is to live.”

Johnson also mentioned the people who make up the community, but said there are other things he likes aboutManalapan.

“I like that we have Monmouth Battlefield State Park. I like that we have a fourtime championship cheerleading squad and I like that we have the western branch of theMonmouth County Library.”

Budai, who has been a member of several committees and boards, including the Manalapan Recreation Advisory Board, said some of the highlights of Manalapan are manifested in its recreation center and programs.

“Manalapan’s ball fields are state-ofthe art and the best in the county, if not the state,” he said, while also alluding to what he called the spirit of the community and its residents, particularly those who volunteer for municipal boards and committees.

“We have the best volunteers and our police department is second to none. It’s just the spirit of the community; it’s everybody from the youngsters to the seniors,” Budai said.


Budai said he believes his experience as a business owner would serve him well as an elected official. He said his previous employment with Suburban Transit would give him an understanding of issues facing commuters and transportation companies.

Speaking about municipal finances, Budai said he would examine each municipal department to look at the staffing levels and the efficiency of the department with an eye on trimming costs.

Johnson said he would concentrate on finalizing plans for The Village at Manalapan, a 500,000-square-foot retail-commercial complex planned for the intersection of Millhurst Road and Route 33. The project received preliminary approval from the Planning Board more than a year ago but has never gotten off the ground for a variety of reasons.

“We should be concentrating on getting these ratables instead of spending a million bucks on a sports field,” Johnson said, alluding to the construction of an $800,000 artificial turf playing field of which he has been critical.

Garcia said his professional expertise would serve him well in reviewing a municipal budget “to see where our money is being spent and how we could make operations more efficient.”

However, said Garcia, “I would never advocate cuts that would adversely affect our safety and services.”

He said he would focus attention on the types of service contracts the township has on all of its equipment in an effort to see if there can be consolidation and savings.

“It is the little things that add up,” he said.


All four candidates were asked why they should be the person Republicans choose on June 3 to run for a seat on the Township Committee in November.

“First and foremost, I am a husband and a father involved in community activities. I am one of my neighbors. I am not a politician,” Garcia said. “Bill Garcia was born a Republican and a fiscal conservative. My blood is Republican and I want smaller government.”

Green said his experience on the Manalapan Englishtown school board gives him a leg up because of that unique perspective and because the school district has been working with Manalapan to develop a shared services agreement. Green said he has been involved with the development of that agreement.

“I have the right experience at the right time,” he said, adding that one area he would examine as a member of the Township Committee would be the administration salaries for Manalapan’s summer recreation program, which he said have been increased for 2008.

Speaking about himself and Budai, Johnson said, “We are experienced, hardworking people dedicated to the town. That is who should be running in the general election.”

Budai said if he is elected to the Township Committee, he will not take municipal health benefits. He estimated that decision would save taxpayers between $15,000 and $17,000 per year.

Johnson also decried taxpayers paying for health benefits for the members of the governing body. He said Township Committee members should get their health insurance through their place of employment and not expect the taxpayers to pay for health benefits for what is basically a part-time job.