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Bridgewater Mayor Matt Moench, left, with Councilmen Michael Kirsh, center, and Timothy Ring. (Photo: Moench campaign).

Moench launches re-election bid in Bridgewater

By David Wildstein, February 08 2023 11:24 pm

Bridgewater Mayor Matt Moench kicked off his bid for re-election to a second term this week and will run again with Council President Michael Kirsh and Council Vice President Tim Ring on a slate that has won the unanimous endorsement of the local Republican organization.

Bridgewater is the largest municipality in Somerset County and the 46th largest in the state.

“It has truly been the honor of my life to serve as Mayor of the town I grew up in and where my three kids will grow up,” said Moench, who was joined at his campaign launch by State Sen. Doug Steinhardt (R-Lopatcong), former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough), and Somerset County GOP Chairman Tim Howes.

Four years ago, Moench ousted incumbent Dan Hayes in the Republican primary by a massive 63%-37% margin.  He went on to defeat Democrat Jeffrey Brookner with 57% of the vote

“The last four years we have worked hard to provide strong conservative leadership, fulfilling campaign promises like rebuilding our roadways while keeping taxes low and persistently fighting against overdevelopment,” said Moench. “We continue to stand by our police and serve as a partner in keeping our community safe. I’m proud of our work, stand by our record, and am confident the voters will agree.”

Moench spent twelve years as a Bridgewater councilman before running for mayor.  He’s a partner at King, Moench & Collin and one of the state’s top election law experts.

Kirsh served as a township committeeman in Green Brook before moving to Bridgewater.  Ring served as the deputy chief of the local rescue squad.

“From responding to crises to delivering fiscally responsible budgets to investing in our infrastructure, among other things, we have accomplished so much during this term,” said Kirsh. “There is much more to do and that is why I am seeking re-election to Council. Our team will keep moving Bridgewater in the right direction.”

Ring said that he “always valued public service above all else.”

“Through my actions, I have strived to make our community a better place to live and raise a family and am honored to continue that goal through service on the Town Council,” he said.  “My running mates and I share a positive vision that continually improves our quality of life in Bridgewater and provides residents with the government they deserve.”

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