Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said he was filled with a mix of positive emotions when I spoke with him on Friday, three days after he was defeated for reelection after twenty-eight years leading the city.
“I feel a sense of pride in a way I never have before since my work is now complete,” the mayor said. “A lot of pressure lifted, almost instantly gone. I didn’t even realize how much pressure.”
Schneider said his immediate plans are to put some work into his law practice before taking some time off with his wife, Pat. Then there will be summer days on the beach as he contemplates what is next for his career. “Sitting on the beach, reading book and taking a nap is my perfect summer day,” he said. “I hope to have lot of those this summer.”
After 28 years working two tough full time jobs, mayor and solo law practitioner, Schneider is optimistic about about his future career. He said he is thinking of exploring opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Municipal administration and real estate development would both be natural fits, he said.
The only concerns he expressed were for long term staffers of the city whose lives might be disrupted by a new administration taking over. “But they will all be fine,” if the Pallone Team does not keep them on. “Some can retire. Others will be sought after elsewhere. The city has a great staff.”
As for Mayor-elect John Pallone and his new council, all Schneider would say is, “they have a tough job.”