Government

municipal complex

Mayor/ Council/ Administration

The North Brunswick Township Governing body is the only Mayor /Council /Administrator form of local government in New Jersey.

It was formed as a result of a Charter Study in 1982. As a variant of the Faulkner Act (NJSA:40:69A-149 et. seq.), the Mayor is directly elected by the voters and serves a term of four years. Council members are elected to serve three year terms. Council terms are staggered so that two Council seats are up for election each year.

Roles & Terms

Voters & Elections

Voters elect the mayor and 6 council members during partisan elections. Council members are at-large and serve staggered terms.

  • Mayor: 4 year term
  • Council: 3 year term

Mayor

Exercises the executive power of the municipality.

  • Presides over Council: Votes only to break ties. Has veto subject to override by 2/3 of all Council members.
  • Selects Key Staff Roles: Appoints municipal clerk, administrator, attorney, tax collector, tax assessor, treasurer, and department heads with Council approval. May remove department heads upon written notice to Council.

Council

Exercises legislative power of the municipality.

  • Administrative Oversight: Approves Mayor’s appointees for municipal clerk, administrator, attorney, tax collector, tax assessor, treasurer and department heads. May remove department heads for cause after a hearing.
  • Fiscal Oversight: Prepares budget with assistance of municipal administrator and treasurer.

Administration

Mayor exercises executive power of the municipality and the department heads assist the Mayor in that role as well as providing a check and balance with the council if needed.

  • Staffing Limits: Up to six departments may be created by ordinance, though those departments may have multiple divisions.
  • Department Administrator Role: The administrator supervises administration of each department.
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