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Edward H. "Ned" Thomson III (born July 24, 1953) is an American Republican Party politician who has represented the 30th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since August 2017.[2] He replaced Dave Rible, who left office to serve as Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.[3] Thomson had previously served as mayor of Wall Township.

Ned Thomson
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Member of the New Jersey Assembly
from the 30th Legislative District
Assumed office
August 24, 2017
Serving with Sean T. Kean
Preceded byDave Rible
Personal details
Born (1953-07-24) July 24, 1953 (age 66)
Neptune City, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceWall Township, New Jersey
Alma materNew Jersey Institute of Technology
College of Insurance[2]
WebsiteLegislative web page

Born in Neptune City, New Jersey, Thomson grew up in Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey.[4] Thomson attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he majored in actuarial science, and the College of Insurance, majoring in business administration.[2] He served from 1995 to 2017 as a trustee of the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System. He served on the Wall Township Board of Adjustment from 1990 to 1997 and on the township's Planning Board from 1997 to 2007 and again from 2013 to 2017. He served on the Wall Township Committee from 1998 to 2008, and was chosen by his peers to serve as mayor in 2002 and 2005.[2] Thomson is president of E.H. Thomson and Co., which administers pensions for third party firms.[1]

Having been nominated by Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie in June 2017, Assemblyman Dave Rible resigned his seat on July 17, 2017, to become Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control after being confirmed by the New Jersey Senate.[5][6] At a special convention held on August 4, Thomson was selected by Republican county committee members on the first ballot to replace Rible from a ballot of three candidates and was selected by acclimation to fill the ballot spot for a full two-year term the November election; for the interim seat, Thomson received 83 of the 154 ballots, ahead of Justin Flancbaum of the Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority with 53 votes and Jim Bean, a former councilmember from Belmar, with 18.[7] He was sworn into office and took his Assembly seat on August 24.[1]

In the November 2017 general election, Thomson (with 30,680 votes; 30.3% of all ballots cast) and his running mate, four-term incumbent Sean T. Kean (with 33,672; 33.3%), defeated Democratic challengers Kevin Scott (18,737; 18.5%) and Eliot Arlo Colon (18,160; 17.9%) to win both Assembly seats from the district for the Republicans.[8][9]

For the 2018-19 session, Thomson has been assigned to serve in the Assembly on the Budget Committee; the Education Committee; and the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.[2]

District 30Edit

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 30th District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d Staff. "Wall Township’s Thomson Sworn in as 30th Legislative District’s Newest Assemblyman",, August 25, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2018. "Edward H. 'Ned' Thomson took his seat on August 24 as the new assemblyman for the 30th Legislative District, which includes Belmar and Lake Como. The former Wall mayor replaced David Rible, who left the post to become director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.... Thomson was tapped on August 15 during a special election of the district’s Republican Party County Committee to complete Rible’s term, and he will run for the seat on the GOP ticket in the November 7 general election."
  2. ^ a b c d e Legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Johnson, Brent. "Here's the new face in the N.J. Assembly", NJ Advance Media for, August 19, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2018. "A former mayor of Wall Township will soon be sworn in as the newest member of the New Jersey Assembly.Edward "Ned" Thomson, a Republican, is scheduled to take the oath of office Thursday to begin representing the Jersey Shore's 30th legislative district in the Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature."
  4. ^ About Assemblyman Ned Thomson, Facebook. Accessed January 25, 2018. "Edward H. (Ned) Thomson III was born in Neptune and grew up in Avon-by-the-Sea. He now resides in Wall Township and has been a lifelong resident of Monmouth County. He attended Ranney School in Asbury Park/New Shrewsbury, played football for Neptune High School, and attended Blair Academy in Warren County."
  5. ^ Cervenka, Susanne. "Rible nominated to lead NJ liquor licensing agency", Asbury Park Press, June 15, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2018. "District 30 Assemblyman David Rible confirmed he was nominated Thursday night to lead the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the state agency that oversees the sale of alcohol in New Jersey."
  6. ^ Johnson, Brent. "Christie appoints top Republican lawmaker to state post", NJ Advance Media for, July 18, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2018. "A former top Republican state lawmaker has been sworn in as the new director of New Jersey's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the board that regulates alcohol sales in the state. David Rible, who was the second-highest-ranking Republican in the state Assembly, assumed the job Monday -- about a month after Gov. Chris Christie, a fellow Republican, nominated him and about two weeks after he was confirmed by the state Senate, the Assembly Republican office said. The move leaves a vacancy in the Assembly, the lower house of the state Legislature, with less than five months before an Election Day in which all 80 seats of the chamber are up for grabs."
  7. ^ "Thomson Is Elected On First Ballot In LD 30", More Monmouth Musings, August 14, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2018. "With 83 votes from the 154 delegates present, Assemblyman Thomson easily surpassed the 50% +1 requirement to be elected. Justin Flancbaum, the Executive Director of the Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority received 53 votes. Former Belmar councilman Jim Bean received 18."
  8. ^ Official List Candidates for General Assembly For General Election 11/07/2017 Election, New Jersey Department of State, dated November 29, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Barchenger, Stacy. "NJ elections: No change in District 30 representation", Asbury Park Press, November 7, 2017. Accessed January 24, 2018. "Incumbents holding their seats, according to unofficial counts in Ocean and Monmouth counties Tuesday night, were: Sen. Bob Singer of Lakewood and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward Thomson, both of Wall. By a solid margin of about 10,000 votes each they defeated challengers Amy Sara Cores, of Howell, for Senate and Assembly hopefuls Eliot Arlo Colon of Brielle and Kevin Scott of Howell, all Democrats."
  10. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 24, 2018.
  11. ^ District 30 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 24, 2018.
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Dave Rible
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 30th District
August 24, 2017 – present
With: Sean T. Kean
Succeeded by