Candidates Al Ribeiro and Jay Ambelang Kickoff their Forward Bernardsville Campaign for Bernardsville Borough Council

BernardsvilleNJ – On Sunday, May 2, 2021 Republican candidates Al Ribeiro and Jay Ambelang kicked off their campaign for the Bernardsville Borough Council. Under their Forward Bernardsville platform, the candidates pledged to continue and enhance the positive progress underway in the Borough under Republican leadership. Al and Jay are businessmen and fiscal conservatives who are committed to responsible government and pragmatic solutions that will ensure Bernardsville continues to grow and thrive in the future.

In his kickoff speech, Jay Ambelang noted that “through the leadership of our Mayor Mary Jane Canose and Republican Council members, Bernardsville has a sound financial plan and future. It’s Al and my goal to keep it that way.” He continued “that is why our platform is ‘Forward Bernardsville’. We believe it is important to all residents that the Borough Council has their future in mind. Our platform is focused on realistic, fiscally sound solutions that are important to us all, namely moving community revitalization forward, moving fiscal discipline forward, and moving our community’s infrastructure forward.”

In his remarks, Al Ribeiro noted that “whether you grew up in Bernardsville or chose to make your home here, we would all agree that our Borough is a special place to live, raise a family or own a business. And Jay and I are running for Borough Council because we believe Bernardsville’s best days are ahead of us.” He continued that “we are both practical, solutions-oriented businessmen and fiscal conservatives, who aim to bring a private sector mindset to how our community is governed. Adding Jay and I to our Council will give added stability, accountability and long-term planning to our local government.”

Ambelang and Ribeiro noted that dedicated and competent Republican leadership over many decades has helped Bernardsville thrive. They believe that it is important to continue the sound Republican values that make our Council work for the residents, and to continue on the positive path that our Mayor and Republican members of Council envision for our community.

The event at Bistro Seven Three in Bernardsville was well attended by many Borough residents, with local, county and state officials in attendance, including Senator Tom Kean, Senator Anthony Bucco, Assemblyman Brian Bergan, Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose, Bernardsville Councilman John Donahue, Bridgewater Council and Commissioner Candidate Michael Kirsch, Somerset GOP Chairman Tim Howes and Bernardsville GOP Chairwoman Karen Gardner.

The candidates pledged to be dedicated public servants who will reach out to all residents, listen to their concerns, and get a broader set of citizens involved to meet our community’s future needs. 

“We want to thank all of our neighbors, friends and supporters who came out to support us and hear our vision for our community. We look forward to working hard to meet every resident, and to not only earn their support, but earn a mandate from the voters to govern.”, the candidates added.

For more information about the candidates, please visit

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Al Ribeiro, Mayor Mary Jane Canose and Jay Ambelang 

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Senator Tony Bucco, Al Ribeiro, BRMC Chair Karen Gardner, Jay Ambelang and Assemblyman Brian Bergen

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