Former Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., was sworn into the New Jersey State Assembly in January 2020.

In addition to serving as mayor and deputy mayor of Middletown, Scharfenberger served on the Middletown Township Committee for nearly 13 years.

At the state level, he was a member of Governor-elect Chris Christie’s transition team, the Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center and Director of the Office for Planning Advocacy.

Prior to joining the Christie administration, Scharfenberger had a long career as a professional archaeologist, working mainly in the Northeast and lecturing throughout the United States, Canada and England. He holds a master’s degree from Hunter College and received his doctorate in 2005 from the CUNY Graduate Center with a dual focus on historical archaeology and cultural landscape studies. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Gerry currently serves on the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth.


He and his wife, Geraldine, have resided in the Middletown area for more than 23 years. They have two children.

Committee Assignments:

- Environment and Solid Waste

- Higher Education

- Labor

Meet Gerry


The Scharfenberger family, May 2019


Inauguration Day, January 2020

Team Monmouth, Victory Night 2019