Steve Maness, Ph.D. is a resident of Parlin, in Middlesex County, NJ and has been for 35 years. He attended and graduated from Sayreville High School, and Stockton State College with a BS in Environmental Health, and a concentration in Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Toxicology and Environmental Management. Steve minored in psychology and criminal justice. He has spent over twenty years in the public and private sectors in the area of environmental health and safety management including enforcement, asset protection (anti – terror) and countermeasure programs. He has long been recognized as a pioneer in biosafety and biohazard control; through the research papers and professional society presentations he has done, as early as 1977. Steve has volunteered his expertise and insight to Sayreville and other County municipalities in the areas of Public Asset Protection (water supplies, hospitals, emergency response, decontamination, schools and malls), Chemical Safety and Bio/Rad/Chemical Terrorism and Countermeasures.
In his public life, Steve has earned the RNC’s 1998 Certificate of Achievement for his efforts and sacrifices on both Pappas campaigns and on Mike Ferguson’s campaign, receiving personal written thanks from both candidates. He has also received a Citation from the NJ Senate and General Assembly for Community Service and from the Borough of Sayreville for Community Service. Steve has been a candidate for the local Board of Education in 1995, and was a Conservative Party (I) candidate for Middlesex County Freeholder (County Executive) in Nov. 1998, earning over 4,000 votes! He was a commended activist and campaign worker for the “Schundler for Governor” Campaign in New Jersey and is a member / founder of the Conservative Libertarians, U.S.A., which stands for adherence to the Constitution, restoring Second Amendment rights, freedom from interference by the government and agencies of the state exploiting and abusing the rights of citizens. Dr. Maness considers himself as a “Conservative – Libertarian – Disenfranchised Republican.”
Steve is an ordained clergyman and has served in the public arena as a Member / Chair of the Sayreville Human Relations Commission and the Middlesex County Mental Health Board. Additionally, he spent 1 1 years as Senior Chaplain for the Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Department in Old Bridge, N.J. and was Sr. Chaplain – Pastoral Care for Roosevelt Hospital, Barbara Cheung Memorial Hospice. He is a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is a Fellow at the International Association of Genocide Scholars and volunteers an Advocate for the Institutionalized Elderly, N.J. Office of The Ombudsman, and at a local church in providing care for the psychological and spiritual needs of the sick, disabled, unemployed and spiritually troubled. Steve speaks regularly to civic groups, churches, synagogues and political groups about the Constitution, church / state facts and the need for all people to seek that moral compass we have strayed from.
Steve has been a two time Republican Committeeman in Sayreville. He was appointed for his first term, then in June 2002, he was elected as a Republican County Committeeman – 26th District – Sayreville, NJ., but resigned both times due to the “warm” Republicans of Sayreville. He has been recognized by former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (D) as an “individual who combines the best of Democrat and the best of Republican in all he does”.
He was the former Chairman of the New Jersey Conservative Party – Middlesex County Chapter. Additionally, Steve regularly contributes letters and articles to area newspapers regarding ethical government, party inclusiveness, public servant - hood, educational policy, political mismanagement and abuse. He has appeared as a guest and commentator on WCTC and WMGQ radio stations, as well as WABC – TV, WPIX 11 and Inside Edition. Steve was recently a featured columnist and is regularly a contributor to The Home News Tribune.
Steve has appeared on television regarding consumer protection and educational rights, as well as an advocate for the poor, the unemployed, consumer protection, educational rights, the homeless, the disabled, victims of stigma and the tragedy of mental health discrimination, HIV / AIDS victims and their families, and single parent households. Steve does volunteer work with Safe Harbor - New Jersey, the American Federation for Suicide Prevention, the American Cancer Society and is a strong supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project..
He is a strong and aggressive advocate for free markets, Constitutional rights, constitutionally limited government and complete fiscal responsibility. This passion motivated Steve to found the Middlesex County (N.J.) Tea Party and act as its first electedChairman..
Under Sec. of State Colin Powell, Steve was recently a finalist selected by Sen. Bill Frist, Sen. Tom Daschle, Cong. Dick Gephardt and Cong. Dennis Hastert as a candidate for a seat on the United States Commission on International Religious Rights. Being a former Fellow, International Association of Genocide Scholars, Dr. Maness is deeply involved in studying and teaching others in the Holocaust and other genocide studies. He comes from a family that had many relatives with numbers still etched in their arms from the Nazis. His grandmother lost 7 siblings in the Holocaust, and his other grandmother told him much of the Stalin pogroms against the Jews.
He and his wife, Debbie, have 2 children and reside in Central New Jersey.