A Message from Kristian

Since starting my campaign this year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many people about the issues affecting them in their work life and family life. I have my own ideas, but it’s that sort of community interaction where I’ve gained the best understanding of what our community cares about. The bottom line: our elected officials should be working to solve the problems that actually affects our residents, and not just focusing on politically useful opportunities to keep themselves in office. This is what I consistently hear:

  1. We desperately need property tax relief. Its gotten too expensive to live in New Jersey, a fact demonstrated by the constant headlines about our citizens leaving the state in droves;
  2. We need to invest in the education of our children, and we need to do it responsibly; and
  3. We need to put an end to the corrupt culture that rewards incumbent politicians for “going along to get along.”

I look forward to opportunities to hear your thoughts on how to make our state a great place to live, work, and raise a family. That’s why I ask you to email me and let me know what your concerns are and how I can better serve our community.

Kristian, a lifelong New Jersey native and a father of three, is married to his high school sweetheart. He and his family live in Robbinsville along with their two Labradors and five chickens.

Kristian began his career as a computer programmer, eventually running the technology for an e-commerce startup, starting his own small software services firm, and becoming a professor in the computer science department at Rutgers University.

As is often the case, having children fundamentally changed Kristian’s view of his own role in society: it became a priority for him to find a way to make sure he left the world a better place than he found it. And so he went to law school. Lawyer jokes aside, in a free society we depend upon the counsel of professionals trained in the law who, at their best, help us to manage this fragile experiment in self-government. That’s the kind of work he decided that he wanted to do.

Both during and after law school, Kristian worked for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, helping to make sure that the rights of criminal defendants were respected. Kristian was additionally awarded a fellowship by the Eagleton Institute of Politics — an organization devoted to bringing together individuals of different political beliefs based on the premise that people of good faith can work together to create bipartisan solutions to pressing social concerns. He was also fortunate for the opportunity to work with the NJ State Commission of Investigation on its research into the opioid epidemic that is currently gripping our state.

Currently, Kristian works at a nonpartisan think tank devoted to advocating for the application of rigorous methodology by regulators and legislators in the creation of public policy. In that position, Kristian has the pleasure of reading and writing about a plethora of laws and cases in a wide variety of contexts — experience which has developed his ability to become a strong policy maker for our community.

In addition to his successful career, Kristian is active both with his children’s activities in music lessons and scouting, as well as with his community by working with two nonprofit organizations. Kristian is the first Vice President for the New Jersey Leadership Program, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping place kids of South Asian descent into internships at the local, state, and federal level in order to help them gain experience with civic engagement. And he is also a board member for CodedByKids, a nonprofit organization that works to provide STEM education to underprivileged students in grammar school and high school.
Kristian graduated magna cum laude from the Rutgers School of Law, an achievement that would not have been possible without the support of his wife, as he worked full-time and had a growing family. In addition to being frequently invited to lecture and speak on legal topics, Kristian has published legal and popular analysis in law journals, blogs, and news outlets, and has won awards for his writing. He has filed amicus briefs and legal filings before the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and others.