My name is Jordan Bernstein and I have lived in the Clover Hill neighborhood of Mount Olive for five years with my wife, Lauren, our three amazing daughters and our dog. For the last 14 years I’ve worked in the IT Asset Management Department at Software House International where I’m responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of our services to customers. It is a very rewarding job that satisfies my love of puzzles, mentoring and technology.
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and didn’t know much about New Jersey until my family and I moved to Old Bridge, NJ in 1994. There I graduated from public high school and in 2000 enrolled at Rutgers University where I fell in love with literature and my wife. After our first daughter Olivia was born, we moved to Mt. Olive to have more space to grow our family.
Like many parents, it was important for us to move to a town that would provide our children with a wonderful atmosphere to grow up. When my wife first mentioned Mount Olive, I did some research and was immediately impressed with the school system and all of the beautiful parks and open spaces to explore in the area. I could picture ourselves running around Flanders Park with my daughters or taking them to the splash pad in the summer at Turkey Brook Park.
Growing up in Brooklyn I didn’t have this, our parks were concrete with a smattering of jungle gyms. Growing up in this environment it is easy to take these beautiful open spaces for granted. However, our parks and open spaces are a wonderful natural resource that we need to ensure we maintain and protect for ourselves and for our future generations.
My family and I found a home here in Flanders and 5 years later we couldn’t be happier. We’ve continued to grow our family and even though my commute to work is longer, it’s worth it to be able to raise my children in such a wonderfully diverse community. And diversity is important to me, I believe it is our greatest strength. It is by bringing together people of different backgrounds that we are able to achieve our greatest goals. The rich tapestry of America is made up of many pieces and I believe that’s what makes our nation strong and what makes Mount Olive strong.
Where I raise my daughters matters so much to me, which is why I’ve decided to run for Town Council.
“My desire to represent my community on Town Council is driven by two different but overlapping goals. As a parent, I want to make sure the world that I leave my children is better than the one I inherited. As a citizen, I want to do everything in my power to make my slice of the world a more just and welcoming place. I believe that by serving my community on Town Council I’ll be able to accomplish both goals while working to ensure that Mount Olive is a place we are always proud to call home.”