Sunday, July 10, 2011
Treffinger Now Leading Bloomfield Prayers
Jim Treffinger grew up in Maplewood and graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University in 1972 with a degree in history. . A Fulbright scolar, he earned a J. D. degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1976.
In 1994, Treffinger became the first Republican County Executive of Essex County in 35 years and was re-elected in 1998. He was a rising star in Republican politics and the favorite to win his party's nomination for a U.S. Senate seat when federal authorities raided his Newark office in 2002. He ultimately admitted he put two campaign staffers on the county payroll and obstructed the federal probe.
After spending time in prison for his crimes, he graduated from seminary and is now one of the pastors at Brookdale Christian Church in Bloomfield.