• Jessica Lentini Almeida grew up in West Caldwell, where she has spent a majority of her life and attended Washington Elementary School, Grover Cleveland Middle School, and James Caldwell High School. She is raising her three young children in town with her husband, Philip, in the home that her Grandparents moved into in the 1960’s.

  •  While working full-time, Jessica graduated from Seton Hall Law School’s evening program. She went on to serve as a Judicial Law Clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court. Currently, Jessica works as a Litigation Associate, specializing in affordable housing matters and real estate litigation.

  •  Jessica is a member of numerous community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell West-Essex where she has served on the Board of Directors and is currently Vice-President Elect.


  • Christy Anderson Lazarow has dedicated her professional life to improving the lives of children and families in our community. After teaching for a decade, she attended law school where she learned to become a steadfast advocate for the most vulnerable among us. 

  • She trained to be a court appointed Special Advocate in two states and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Superior Court, Union Vicinage, Family Part, where she clerked on the abused and neglected children docket. She returned to teaching after she and her husband decided they wanted to adopt a child.

  • She was raised in Nutley and has spent most of her life living in Essex County, as has most of her family. Christy and her husband Mark are raising their daughter Maddy in West Caldwell where they have lived for five years.

  • She holds a B.A. from Lehigh University in Journalism, M.A. in Education Leadership, Management & Policy from Seton Hall University, and a J.D. from Widener University. As a middle school math teacher and a mother, Christy understands the struggles that families face in our community and will be their voice on the Township Council.