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J. Christian (Chris) Bollwage is the mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey, the state's fourth-largest city.[2][3] A lifelong resident of Elizabeth, he was elected into his first term in 1992, and reelected in November 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.[2] He has been the president of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

J. Christian Bollwage
Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey
Assumed office
Preceded byThomas G. Dunn
Personal details
James Christian Bollwage[1]

1951 (age 67–68)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
OccupationAdjunct Professor in the Public Administration Department at Kean University

He is a 1972 graduate of St. Mary of the Assumption High School.[4] He graduated from Kean University with a bachelor's degree in 1981 and with a master's degree in 1989.[2][5] Kean gave Bollwage an honorary degree in 2002.[5] Bollwage is an Adjunct Professor in the Public Administration Department at Kean University.[2]


  1. ^ "In Trash Fight, Aiming Pebbles at Goliath". The New York Times. 23 November 1999. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography". City of Elizabeth. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  3. ^ "SERIES: CHANGING DOWNTOWNS: ELIZABETH". The Star-Ledger, Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ Staff. "Tour De Elizabeth", Hilltopper Newsletter, Spring 2015, Volume 12, Issue 1. Accessed September 19, 2016. "Ashley Bolivard (’16), Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage (’72), Nicole Fernandes (’16) and Xavier Sanchez (’15)"
  5. ^ a b "Kean University showcases distinguished alumni; Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage one of the honorees". 13 April 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2016.