Meet the candidates

Jim Benscoter

Deputy Mayor

Jim joined the Green Brook Township Committee in 2015, after volunteering for more than 13 years on the Green Brook Board of Education. Jim was the Board of Education President for nine years, and Green Brook’s representative on the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education for two years.

While on the Board of Education, Jim has always stressed the importance of preserving high quality education for our children, while consistently striving for fiscal responsibility.

During his tenure on the Township Committee, Jim has served on the Municipal Drug Alliance and the Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Committees.

In his personal life, Jim has also volunteered for more than 25 years, serving as a Trustee of the J.S. Henderson Scholarship Fund, Board Member of Home Sharing of Somerset County, and CFO and Treasurer of Rensselaer Acacia Corporation.

Jim is a lifelong New Jersey resident and has lived in Green Brook for 23 years with his three sons, ages 22, 19, and 17. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers.

Jim has worked for more than 30 years for Public Service Electric and Gas and is currently the Director of Investment Planning in Newark.

Jim Benscoter has nearly 18 years of continuous dedicated public service to Green Brook and is always concerned for what is "Best for Green Brook."

If reelected, Jim will continue to do what is best for Green Brook! Jim can be reached by email at or by phone at (732) 902-1694.

Frank Gaffney


Frank has lived in Green Brook since 1997. He is married and has one child in college and one in Watchung Hills High School.

Frank was elected to Township Committee in 2017 and has served as liaison for Youth Services and the Board of Education. Frank is a member of the Green Brook Lions Club. Frank graduated Kean University with a degree in Physical Education and student taught in the Union N.J. School district. He is a graduate of the N.J. Certified Public Manager program. Frank graduated Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Master’s in Administrative Science Degree and since elected to Township Committee has completed a Master’s Degree in Homeland and Cyber Security Administration.

Frank is currently working for the Department of Public Safety at Fairleigh Dickinson University College at Florham. He is a retired police sergeant and was known as a hardworking and honest officer. Frank has been the coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management for Green Brook since April of 2017.

Frank believes that New Jersey taxes are too high and has never voted to increase municipal taxes. Frank is committed to making sure Green Brook residents get the best service possible. If reelected he will continue to work hard to improve the quality of life for the residents of the township. Frank can be reached at his email, or on his cell phone at (732) 713-7430.

Our Vision

Our vision for Green Brook is to strive for stable taxes and renewed focus on economic development. Green Brook is a great place to live, work and play. We pledge to continue doing the things that made it that way!”.