Montclair Election 2024
Chrissy Thomas


Chrissy Thomas for Mayor of Montclair

Lost in Jersey’s Montclair election special 2024 features an insightful conversation with Chrissy Thomas, one of the mayoral candidates for Montclair. Chrissy shares her background, highlighting her family’s journey to New Jersey and her passion for bringing accountability and transparency to local government. She discusses key issues such as traffic, Lackawanna Plaza, and the budget, emphasizing the need for community involvement and informed decision-making. Chrissy’s dedication to making Montclair a thriving destination shines through as she expresses her love for New Jersey and her vision for the town’s future. Tune in to this episode for a deep dive into local politics and the candidate’s perspective on shaping Montclair’s future. Visit Chrissy website to learn more about her campaign at Chrissy for Montclair 



Background and Family History

  • Chrissy Thomas, a first-generation Indian American, shares her family’s journey to the United States in the 1950s.

  • She highlights the challenges her family faced and the cultural differences they encountered in the U.S.

  • Chrissy discusses her upbringing in various states before settling in Montclair, New Jersey.

Involvement in Local Politics

  • Chrissy’s involvement in local politics began with attending council meetings and questioning decisions made by the council.

  • She emphasizes the importance of accountability and transparency in local government.

  • Chrissy’s legal background and attention to detail have driven her to advocate for better governance in Montclair.

Motivation to Run for Mayor

  • Chrissy’s decision to run for mayor was influenced by a lack of transparency and accountability in the current council.

  • She aims to bring change and ensure that decisions are made with the best interests of the community in mind.

  • Chrissy’s focus is on addressing financial issues, improving communication, and enhancing community engagement.

Key Issues and Stances

  • Chrissy emphasizes the need for financial transparency and responsible budgeting in Montclair.

  • She discusses her stance on Vision Zero and the importance of prioritizing safety in transportation planning.

  • Chrissy addresses the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment plan and the need for thorough evaluation and community input.

  • The discussion also touches on the controversial Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) programs and their impact on local finances.

Vision for Montclair

  • Chrissy envisions Montclair as a vibrant and inclusive community where residents are actively engaged in decision-making.

  • She highlights the unique character of New Jersey and expresses her love for the state and its diverse communities.

  • Chrissy’s goal is to make Montclair a destination known for its community involvement, talent, and quality of life.


  • The podcast concludes with well wishes for Chrissy’s mayoral campaign and encourages listeners to engage with local politics.

  • Chrissy’s passion for Montclair and commitment to improving governance are evident throughout the conversation.

About Election Interviews

Lost in Jersey Podcast hosted Election 2024 Interviews in collaboration with Montclair Local News. We have no affiliations with any political party and do not endorse candidates. The goal of the interviews is to provide constituents with an opportunity to get acquainted with the candidates in podcast format. The election is scheduled for May 14, 2024.

You can learn more about the election, issues, and candidates at Montclair Local New – Election 2024

Listen to All Montclair Election 2024 Candidates on All Ballots

Renee Baskerville
Chrissy Thomas
Robert J. Russo
Carmel Loughman
Susan Shin Andersen

Pick one (Mayor) and two for (Council At Large)
  • Susan Shin Andersen (Council At Large) 23%, 36 votes
    36 votes 23%
    36 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Renee Baskerville (Mayor) 22%, 34 votes
    34 votes 22%
    34 votes - 22% of all votes
  • Bob Russo (Council At Large) 19%, 30 votes
    30 votes 19%
    30 votes - 19% of all votes
  • Chrissy Thomas (Mayor) 19%, 29 votes
    29 votes 19%
    29 votes - 19% of all votes
  • Carmel Loughman (Council At Large) 17%, 27 votes
    27 votes 17%
    27 votes - 17% of all votes
Total Votes: 156
Voters: 156
May 15, 2024 - May 14, 2024
Voting is closed

Poll Start Date May 13th. End Time May 14th 12PM

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