Berkeley College Hosts 14th Annual Post-Election Analysis Event


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Speakers Encourage Civic Engagement 


Berkeley College held its 14th Annual Post-Election Event in Woodland Park, NJ

Photo Caption:  Student Melissa Espinosa of Haledon poses a question to guest speakers (L to R) Bill Maer, Esq., Partner, Public Strategies Impact; Roger Bodman, Esq., Senior Partner, Public Strategies Impact; and John Galandak, President, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, at the 14th Annual Post-Election event sponsored by Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on November 4, 2015.

The 14th Annual Post-Election event hosted by Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on November 4, 2015 gave students, business leaders and the college community the opportunity to hear the views of experienced political and business experts, including Kevin L. Luing, Berkeley College Board Chairman; John Galandak, President, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ); Roger Bodman, Esq., Senior Partner, Public Strategies Impact; and Bill Maer, Esq., Partner, Public Strategies Impact. This was the first time that the majority of the audience were students.

While acknowledging that there was low voter turnout overall, Mr. Maer said that the planning and organization of the Democrats in the more densely populated cities to get the voters out made a difference. Mr. Bodman described this kind of election as one that favored special interests. Both agreed that everyone may be suffering from gubernatorial fatigue. How to balance the State budget and resurrect the Transportation Trust Fund were cited as important concerns going forward.

“Businesses want to operate in states where there are lower costs of living, well-educated work forces, and good transportation,” said Mr. Galandak.

The students raised questions that sparked discussion about the integrity of politics and how the system is designed to weed out corruption. 

Mr. Bodman has appeared as a political commentator for NJTV for more than 20 years. He managed former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean’s successful 1981 campaign for Governor and served as State Commissioner of Transportation and State Commissioner of Labor. Mr. Maer served as an Aide to former Governor James Florio and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has six New Jersey locations – Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover.  In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields in the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The website address is




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