Cantor announces plan to seek freeholder seat


Staff Writer

Jeff Cantor Jeff Cantor MARLBORO – Republican Township Council President Jeff Cantor said he is seeking his party’s nomination to run for the Monmouth County Board of Free-holders because he wants to make the county a better place to live for future generations.

There will be two three-year seats on the county’s governing body up for grabs in the November election. Those are the seats presently held by Republican freeholders Anna Little and Robert Clifton.

Some of the issues Cantor said he would focus on if elected to the board include preserving more open space, strengthening anti-gang initiatives, maintaining a high standard for the education system, working with state officials to stabilize property taxes and investing in emergency management and disaster preparedness for the county.

“Monmouth County is such a great place to live, if I have the opportunity to make it better, that would make me very happy,” Cantor said.

In regard to the new screening process established by the Monmouth County Republican Party, Cantor said if that is the standard then he would comply with the background screening. He said he understands why the party would want to implement such a process because its directors want the best possible candidates to run in the upcoming election.

If elected to the freeholders board, Cantor said he would like the opportunity to tackle the issues the Marlboro council has addressed, including cleaning up political corruption and curbing overdevelopment on the county level.

Cantor said while he has enjoyed being a part of the Marlboro council, he will give up his seat on the governing body if he is elected to the Board of Freeholders. He was elected to the council in November 2005 to serve the final year of an unexpired term. He was re-elected in November 2005 to a four-year term on a ticket with Councilman Steve Rosenthal and Councilwoman Rosa Tragni.