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Fighting the Budget Wars in Trenton (with Brian Bergen)

Welcome to the GSI Briefing podcast – hosted by Regina Egea, President of the Garden State Initiative.

In this episode, Regina is joined by New Jersey State Assemblyman Brian Bergen, who has served in the legislature since January 2020 and where he is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

Notably, Assemblyman Bergen is also a combat veteran, having served with distinction for eight years in the U.S. Army. During his military service, he was an Officer, Company Commander and Apache helicopter pilot – assignments that earned him a Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge for his actions in Iraq.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from West Point, the Assemblyman earned an MBA from Rutgers Business School, and a master’s degree in administration of justice and security from the University of Phoenix.

In business, Assemblyman Bergen has worked in multiple industries, including finance, operations management, process improvement, general management, and executive management at the vice president level. He is the owner of Bergen Botanicals, an interior landscape company, and a true entrepreneur.

Brian, along with his wife Kristin and their two children, currently resides in Denville where he served as a township councilman from 2017 to 2019.