DEMOCRATS IN OFFICE

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Dr. Jeff Hammond

Councilman

Dr Jeff Hammond has been a Bernardsville resident since 1992.  He and his wife, neuropsychologist Dr Jill Brooks, have three grown children who attended Bernardsville public schools. Jeff’s son, Jared, is the Bernardsville High School fencing coach.

Jeff's background includes 28 years as a general and trauma surgeon, including as chief of the Section of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and co-director of the University of Miami Burn Center. Dr Hammond currently works at the Morristown Medical Center. 

Jeff also has a MPH (Public Health) and MBA.

Jeff's service in Bernardsville includes two-terms as Trustee for the Somerset Hills Education Foundation, former member of Bernardsville’s Board of Health and Recreation Committee, fencing team liason to BHS Booster Club, and long-time Bernardsville Little League/Somerset Hills Youth Baseball coach. 

He Chairs the state's disaster and emergency preparedness healthcare task force, is a charter board member of the Violence Institute of New Jersey, founder of the RWJ Injury Prevention Coalition, a Board Member of Ceasefire NJ, the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey, a medical volunteer with Special Olympics NJ, and a trustee of the Women’s Health and Counseling Center in Somerville.

As Council member, Jeff serves on the Public Safety Committee (chair), Personnel Committee, Library Board of Governors, and the Green Team.

Christine Zamarra

Councilwoman

Christine has served on the Borough Council since January 2018 and is known as a tireless advocate for sustainability and walkability in Bernardsville.

Currently, she serves as Chair of the Public Works Committee, and member of the Personnel, Environmental Commission, Green team, and Cultural Arts committees.

She  is well-know for organizing borough-wide clean-up days, including the Raritan Headwaters Stream Clean-Up and collaborating to implement the Mayor's Wellness Campaign started under Mayor Sooy in 2018.

​Christine volunteers with the Green Team, Heartworks, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, School of St. Elizabeth, Bedwell School, Bernardsville Middle School, Girls Scouts, and the Sportsfriends Soccer Club. 
 
Relatedly, Christine teamed with the Bernardsville Police Department to create and launch the Drive Safe Bernardsville Campaign and applied for and received a grant to address walkability in Bernardsville, particularly on Bernards Avenue.
 
Christine received a BA in French from Drew University and has been working in financial services since 1996.
 
Christine is a native of Weehawken and a resident of Bernardsville since 2003. She and her husband have three children.

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Dr. Matthew Marino

Councilman

Before joining the Council, Matt helped plan two community information sessions on COVID-19, and has volunteered on the Borough Open Space Committee and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. We look forward to working with Matt as he serves Bernardsville in his new position.


Dr. Matthew Marino was appointed by a unanimous vote of the Borough Council on Monday, July 12, to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Tom O'Dea whose seat was recently vacated. We want to thank Councilman Tom O'Dea for his time with the Borough and wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.

 
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Got Skills?

Want to get involved in the Borough by serving on a committee?

​​The Borough Council is supported in their work and decision-making by Committees, both Borough and County oriented.

These committees are vital to our town government and need diverse voices and perspectives… including Democratic voices! 

If you have special experience or a willingness to serve, you can find details about these Committees (below) and a "Skills Bank" application form on the Borough Website.

Also, don’t hesitate to Contact Us!
A number of Democrats already serve on these committees and would be happy to talk to you!