Alan Augustine

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Alan M. Augustine (died June 11, 2001) was an American Republican Party politician who served for 30 years as Mayor and councilman of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Union County freeholder, and member of the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 22nd Legislative District, which at the time included the Union County communities of Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, and Westfield.


Augustine was elected to the Scotch Plains Township Committee in 1970, and served there for 16 years, including three as mayor. He served on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1982–1987 and again from 1991–1992.[1] He served as Freeholder Chairman in 1987 and as the Board's Vice Chairman in both 1982 and 1986.[2]

Augustine's service in the Assembly started in December 1992, when he was chosen to fill the seat vacated by Bob Franks, who had won election to Congress.

Among the legislation he introduced in the Assembly were bills to extend the state's lemon law to motorized wheelchairs and a Pet Purchase Protection Law, two of the 26 bills he sponsored that became law.[1] Augustine submitted one of the earliest pieces of identity theft legislation, following a 1998 symposium on the subject, and sponsored a bill to study the effect on drivers using cell phones and other distractions.[2]

Augustine left office as of March 31, 2001 due to health problems, and was succeeded by Thomas Kean, Jr.[3]

Augustine died on June 11, 2001, of cancer, at Father Hudson House, a hospice in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Leusner, Donna. "Alan Augustine, Scotch Plains mayor and assemblyman", The Star-Ledger, June 12, 2001.
  2. ^ a b Peyton, Paul J.; and Rossi Fred. "Alan M. Augustine Dies Following Long Illness", Westfield Leader, (PDF) June 14, 2001. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Bowman, Bill. "Ex-governor's son swims upstream", Asbury Park Press, September 27, 2003. Retrieved April 17, 2008. "Kean, who was appointed to the Assembly in March 2001 upon the resignation of the late Alan Augustine, won re-election in 2001. He was appointed to his 21st District Senate seat earlier this year after the resignation of Richard H. Bagger."