Meir Lichtenstein was the Mayor of Lakewood Township, New Jersey, a community of close to 100,000 residents in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, in 2006. Lichtenstein was selected by his fellow members of the Lakewood Township Committee to serve as Mayor at the Township's January 1, 2006 reorganization meeting.[1]

In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Lichtenstein indicated that as Mayor he would seek to strike a "balance in addressing the concerns of merchants, customers and visitors to the downtown area while also ensuring the rights of Lakewood’s day laborer work force", some of whom he said were mistreated or not paid for the work they performed.[1]

A front page article in The Forward profiled Mayor Lichtenstein as the only Haredi mayor in the U.S. of a municipality with a significant non-Jewish population.[2]

Lichtenstein now serves as a regular member of the Lakewood Township Committee, together with Mayor Menashe Miller (R, 2018), Deputy Mayor Albert Ackerman (R, 2016), Raymond Coles (D, 2017), and Mike D'Elia (R, 2017).[3][4]


Electoral history

Lakewood Township Committee election, 2003[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 8,215 34.02
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 7,998 33.12
Republican Hannah Havens 4,021 16.65
Democratic Mitchel Dolobowsky 3,583 14.84
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 9,545 32.39
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 9,008 30.57
Democratic Mike Sernotti 5,107 17.33
Republican Hannah Havens 4,808 16.32
Independent Dovid Egert 899 3.05
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2009[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 12,007 33.62
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 10,947 30.65
Republican Hannah Havens 3,621 10.14
Independent Charles Cunliffe 3,284 9.20
Independent Lynn M. Celli 2,998 8.29
Democratic Miriam Medina 2,801 7.84
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2012[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 17,688 36.99
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 16,840 35.21
Republican Michael B. Berman 6,736 14.09
Democratic Miriam Medina 6,265 13.10
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2015[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 6,388 37.32
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 6,056 35.38
Republican Michael B. Berman 2,435 14.23
Democratic Marta Harrison 2,167 12.66

References

  1. ^ a b Lichtenstein selected as Lakewood mayor for ’06 Tri-Town News, January 5, 2006
  2. ^ Ultra-Orthodox Mayor Is a First For a Heavily Non-Jewish Town<<Irrelevant reference>>, The Forward, November 21, 2003. Accessed February 10, 2011.
  3. ^ [1] TheLakewoodScoop.com, Accessed November 22, 2012.
  4. ^ [2] Lakewood Township. Accessed January 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "2003 general elections official results" (PDF). November 4, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "2006 general elections official results" (PDF). November 7, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2009 general elections official results" (PDF). November 3, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2012 general elections official results" (PDF). November 6, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2015 general elections official results". November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 

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