BERKELEY - Council President James J. Byrnes, having just been re-elected to the Berkeley Township Council this month, is considering seeking the Republican nomination for CD3.
A 30-year resident of Berkeley Township, Byrnes served as a medic in Vietnam where he was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
He is a member of the Bayville VFW Post 9503, National D.A.V., Loyal Order of Purple Heart and the American Legion. In addition, Byrnes, for 27 years prior to his retirement as a union carpenter, was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Byrnes served as Vice President of his local, 2018, for 4 years.
Byrnes also served as President of the Berkeley Township Board of Education and is a member of the Ocean County Construction Board of Appeals.
The 3rd Congressional District is home to the largest number of Veterans in the state.
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