Jon Bramnick

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Jon Bramnick
New Jersey Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield).jpg
Minority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Preceded byAlex DeCroce
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 21st district
Assumed office
February 24, 2003
Serving with Nancy Munoz
Preceded byThomas Kean Jr.
Personal details
Born (1953-02-24) February 24, 1953 (age 66)
Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Patricia Brentano (1981–present)
Children2
EducationSyracuse University (BA)
Hofstra University (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website
Legislative website

Jon M. Bramnick (born February 24, 1953) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2003, representing the 21st legislative district. He has served as the Assembly Republican Leader since January 2012. He was appointed to the Assembly in 2003 to fill the unexpired term of the vacancy created upon the selection of Thomas Kean Jr. to fill an unexpired New Jersey Senate term.[1] He was elected to a full two-year term later that year and was re-elected in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Early Life[edit]

Bramnick was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey as the son of Plainfield business owners (Lazaar's Stationers). He graduated from Plainfield High School, received a B.A. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and was awarded a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.[2][3] Before becoming an Assemblyman, Bramnick served two terms as a City Councilman in Plainfield, New Jersey from 1984-1991.[2] He is the Republican Municipal Chairman in Westfield, where he resides with his family. Bramnick is a former professor at both Rutgers University and Rider University. Following his graduation from law school, he served as an assistant corporation counsel in New York City. He is an attorney with a private practice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey with the firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan.[4][5][6]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

Following the appointment of Tom Kean, Jr. to the State Senate, a vacancy opened up in the 21st District's Assembly delegation. Bramnick won the most ballots of a vote by members of the Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Union county Republican committee persons of the district beating former Assemblyman James J. Barry, Jr., Millburn mayor Thomas McDermott, and Warren Township Planning Board chairman Dan Gallic.[7] In December 2005 he was appointed Assistant Minority Whip of the Assembly for the 2006-2008 term. In June 2007, Bramnick was selected as the Minority Whip, succeeding Francis J. Blee.[8] In November 2009, he was elected as the Republican Conference Leader, the second-highest leadership position in the Republican caucus. In the Assembly, he has served as Vice Chair of the Legislative Services Commission.[2] After the death of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce in January 2012, the Assembly Republican caucus chose Bramnick as its new leader.[9] Bramnick has been honored with the 2013 Governor Meyner Award from the Bar Association and the 2011 Legislator of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce. He was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and was honored at Rider University for his dedication to New Jersey politics and public service.[4] On January 3, 2017, Bramnick announced that he would not run for New Jersey governor in 2017, as he was seen as a potential frontrunner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Committees[edit]

  • Legislative Services Commission

District 21[edit]

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 21st District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Bramnick holds the honorary title of "Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey" after winning contests sponsored by the bar association at Rascals Comedy Club. He often volunteers his services as a comedic auctioneer on behalf of non-profit organizations including Hurricane Sandy victims.[3][12] Bramnick resides in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife Patricia (married in 1981), and has two grown children and a granddaughter.[3][13] He is Jewish.[14]

Electoral History[edit]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2017[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 35,283 26.4 Decrease 3.5
Republican Nancy Munoz (Incumbent) 34,273 25.7 Decrease 3.8
Democratic Lacey Rzeszowski 32,719 24.5 Increase 3.9
Democratic Bruce H. Bergen 31,248 23.4 Increase 3.4
Total votes 133,523 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2015[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 20,024 29.9 Decrease 3.0
Republican Nancy Munoz (Incumbent) 19,783 29.5 Decrease 2.4
Democratic Jill Anne LaZare 13,804 20.6 Increase 2.5
Democratic David Barnett 13,378 20.0 Increase 2.9
Total votes 66,989 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2013[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 38,556 32.9 Increase 1.2
Republican Nancy Munoz (INcumbent) 37,314 31.9 Steady 0.0
Democratic Jill Anne LaZare 21,129 18.1 Increase 0.7
Democratic Norman W. Albert 20,045 17.1 Decrease 0.3
Total votes 117,044 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Munoz (Incumbent) 25,491 31.9
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 25,303 31.7
Democratic Bruce H. Bergen 13,878 17.4
Democratic Norman W. Albert 13,864 17.4
Libertarian Darren Young 1,324 1.7
Total votes 79,860 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2009[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nancy Munoz (Incumbent) 45,515 32.5 Increase 3.4
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 45,439 32.4 Increase 3.5
Democratic Bruce Bergen 24,848 17.7 Decrease 1.3
Democratic Norman Albert 24,240 17.3 Decrease 1.3
Total votes 140,042 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2007[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Eric Munoz (Incumbent) 27,496 29.1 Decrease 0.5
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 27,322 28.9 Decrease 0.2
Democratic Bruce Bergen 17,937 19.0 Decrease 1.7
Democratic Norman Albert 17,629 18.6 Decrease 1.9
Green George DeCarlo 1,245 1.3 N/A
Green Ryan P. Reyes 1,180 1.2 N/A
Libertarian Darren Young 900 1.0 N/A
Libertarian Jeff Hetrick 850 0.9 N/A
Total votes 94,559 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2005[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Eric Munoz (Incumbent) 40,839 29.6 Decrease 0.3
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 40,123 29.1 Increase 0.2
Democratic Bruce Bergen 28,595 20.7 Decrease 0.5
Democratic Steven Merman 28,319 20.5 Increase 3.1
Total votes 137,876 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2003[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Eric Munoz (Incumbent) 27,626 29.9 Increase 1.5
Republican Jon Bramnick (Incumbent) 26,714 28.9 Decrease 2.9
Democratic Ellen Steinberg 19,602 21.2 Increase 0.7
Democratic Norman W. Albert 16,087 17.4 Decrease 1.9
Green George DeCarlo 1,045 1.1 N/A
Green Ryan Reyes 987 1.1 N/A
Unemployed Joshua Jacobs 464 0.5 N/A
Total votes 92,525 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrell, Jeff. (April 9, 2003). "Secession wave gathers strength: Montclairites start petition drive to leave county". The Montclair Times. Archived from the original on June 19, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2015. In February, after Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. vacated the 21st District Assembly seat and stepped into the 21st District’s senatorial post upon the resignation of former 21st District Sen. Rich Bagger, McDermott ran for Kean’s vacated Assembly position in the district. But out of a total of roughly 500 delegates that voted for the 21st District’s Assembly chair at the special Republican Convention held in February, McDermott could only muster 25 votes from the Millburn delegation and one vote from another county. Jon Bramnick from Westfield garnered the most votes, mostly from the nine municipalities in his home county of Union, and won the district’s Assembly seat handily
  2. ^ a b c Assemblyman Bramnick's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  4. ^ a b The 2015 Lincoln Award Presented to New Jersey Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Woodcliff Lake republican Club. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Jon M. Bramnick Profile, Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Leadership, Union County Republican Committee. Accessed November 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Union bloc backs Bramnick over Barry in 21st - Westfield GOP chairman wins district convention for state Assembly seat". New Jersey Hills Media Group. February 20, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Pizarro, Max. "Bramnick in as whip", PolitickerNJ.com, June 11, 2007. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  9. ^ CBS New York's Website, Published 17 January 2012
  10. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2018.
  11. ^ District 21 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Bell, Deborah (November 13, 2013). "Assembly Republican Leader Promises Laughs for Sandy Relief". Patch Media Group. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  13. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session) (PDF). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. p. 272. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Assemblyman O'Bramnick? - The Auditor". NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. April 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 'I need an Irish name if I run statewide,' said Bramnick, who's Jewish.
  15. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  16. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  17. ^ "2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  18. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  19. ^ "2009-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  20. ^ "2007-official-general-election-tallies(ga)-12.12.07.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  21. ^ "05831236.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  22. ^ "2003g_a_candidate_tally.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas Kean Jr.
Member of the New Jersey Assembly
from the 21st district

2003–present
Served alongside: Eric Munoz, Nancy Munoz
Incumbent
Preceded by
Alex DeCroce
Minority Leader of the New Jersey Assembly
2012–present