History of the Council

The Township of East Brunswick was established in 1860. Since January 1, 1965, the Township has operated under the Mayor-Council Plan E form of government pursuant to the Faulkner Act, Chapter 69A of Title 40 of the New Jersey Statutes.

The Mayor is the chief executive of the community who is chosen for a four year term at the regular Presidential election in November and serves part-time. While the Mayor does not preside over, nor have a vote on the Council, he or she may vote in the case of a tie on the question of filling a Council vacancy. The Mayor also has veto power over ordinances, but vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the Council.

The Township Council is the legislative body. There are five members elected at large for staggered four-year terms at the general election held in even-numbered years.

Council's Powers and Responsibilities

The Council's powers consist of:

  • Adopting all ordinances
  • Authorizing bond issues
  • Establishing general municipal policy
  • Fixing salaries
  • Levying taxes
  • Making appropriations
  • Providing by ordinance for the creation and abolition of jobs
  • Providing for the internal structure of the local government
  • Reviewing, revising and adopting the budget

The Council has the authority to initiate hearings for the purposes of gathering information for ordinance making, airing public problems and supervising the spending of its appropriations.