Manalapan: Vote for Ryan D. Green for Twp. Committee

Ryan D. Green believes that Manalapan is a great place to live—but he also believes that there is more we can do to make our community even better.  That effort begins with strong leadership on the Township Committee.  We need a leader who will focus on the issues that matter and really get the job done for Manalapan: Ryan D. Green.

Property Taxes
Every time we open our tax bills, property taxes in Manalapan seem to be going up.  The municipal tax rate for 2009 has increased, as a result of the partisan budget passed by Mayor Klauber (News Transcript, 7/1/09).  To reduce the tax burden on the residents of Manalapan, Ryan D. Green will lead the charge to cut wasteful spending and make our municipal government more efficient.  It’s what he did as a member of the Manalapan-Englishtown Board of Education:

  • Re-structured our schools to save $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars.
  • From 2008 to 2009, school taxes were reduced by over $600,000.

Ryan D. Green will cut wasteful spending, expand our shared services, and find new sources of revenue for the township:

-Ryan D. Green will not have the taxpayers of Manalapan pay for his health insurance, saving thousands of taxpayer dollars.  Mayor Klauber currently receives FREE health insurance at your expense.

-As a member of the Board of Education, Ryan D. Green has been at the table since the beginning and has achieved real shared services agreements with Manalapan Township.  For instance, Manalapan Township saves thousands of dollars annually by using school district buses for the summer recreation program.  In exchange, parking lots are re-paved at district schools, at a significantly lower cost.

-Ryan D. Green will aggressively pursue new sources of revenue for the township, including possible advertising on our sports fields.  If done in a tasteful manner and properly regulated by the Township Committee, advertising could be a strong revenue source to offset taxes.

Bipartisanship on the Township Committee
The Manalapan Township Committee has become a political circus, and it’s costing taxpayers money.  Frivolous lawsuits and personal vendettas are taking the focus off the issues that matter.  Ryan D. Green has a proven record of bipartisanship on the Board of Education, where personal differences are put aside to do what’s right for residents.  Ryan will do the same as a member of the Manalapan Township Committee.

Open Space
Ryan D. Green is a strong proponent for maintaining open space in Manalapan Township.  The scenic beauty of our community must be maintained.  In addition, further development will strain our schools, our roads, and our municipal services, which will inevitably lead to higher taxes. Unfortunately, Ryan’s opponent recently endorsed a plan to develop open space into a 110 unit apartment complex.

Manalapan Township has not preserved as much open space as my opponent would have you believe.  Townships such as Freehold and Millstone have preserved far more acres than Manalapan.  In addition, Democratic members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders have recently looked to undermine open space initiatives (Asbury Park Press, 3/6/09).  We can do better.  As a member of the Manalapan Township Committee, Ryan D. Green will work to increase preservation of open space.

Commuter Parking

With so many of our residents commuting to New York City, finding additional sites for commuter parking needs to be a priority for the Township Committee.  Last year, in an unfortunate political ploy, my opponent and members of his party claimed that more commuter parking would be available at Monmouth Heights Swim Club.  This turned out not to be true and no additional commuter parking is currently available (News Transcript, 11/12/08).

Even more frustrating, the Township Committee has ignored the efforts of the Transportation Committee—plans are currently being explored to provide commuter parking at the Englishtown Auction.  This could yield a significant number of parking spaces, greatly benefiting our commuters.  Ryan D. Green will work with the Transportation Committee to make this idea a reality.

Recycling and the Environment

Manalapan Township needs to improve its record when it comes to recycling.  As a member of the Township Committee, Ryan D. Green will make recycling and environmental issues a priority once again.

Ryan is already moving forward in this area.  He has been at the table since the beginning regarding an energy audit of all the buildings in the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.  This audit will identify areas of energy waste, so that energy can be used more efficiently.  This saves money for the taxpayers and helps to preserve our environment.

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Rep. Frank: “Yes, I believe later on there should be tax increases; thee’s plenty of Rich People We can Tax

“Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of very rich people out there whom we can tax at a point down the road and recover some of this money.”(CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” 10/20/08)”

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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: Candidates vie for GOP nomination



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nominated Republican candidates

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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.

New Jersey’s top primary races, and total delegates at a glance

President Dem – Primary

6,174 of 6,292 precincts – 98 percent   Total Delegates

x-Hillary Clinton 591,666 – 54 percent    845

Barack Obama 487,375 – 44 percent       765

President GOP – Primary

6,159 of 6,292 precincts – 98 percent

x-John “the Democrat” McCain 306,172 – 55 percent  613
Mitt Romney 157,000 – 28 percent     269
Mike Huckabee 44,997 – 8 percent    200

Ron Paul 26,556 – 5 percent

Rudy Giuliani 14,004 – 3 percent
Fred Thompson 3,037 – 1 percent