TRENTON – Lifelong Edison resident Robert Karabinchak was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Karabinchak will represent the 18th Legislative District alongside Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, according to a statement.
“I’m honored that I can serve the people of the 18th District as a member of the Assembly,” Karabinchak said in the statement. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues on behalf of my constituents in the district and people all across New Jersey.”
Karabinchak, who received the oath of office from Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-32nd District, was selected to fill the Assembly seat vacated by Patrick Diegnan, who filled the state Senate seat after Peter Barnes III was named a Superior Court judge.
After eight years in various roles within local government — including seats on the Edison Board of Adjustment, the Edison Zoning Board, the Edison Fair Rental Housing Board and the Middlesex County Utilities Authority — Karabinchak was first appointed to the Edison Township Council in 2007. While on the council, where he remained until being selected to join the Assembly, he served multiple terms as council president and was a member of the body’s Finance Committee.
Karabinchak, who is married with three adult children, also has served the Edison community as a youth soccer and baseball coach. He is president of Tri-Form Construction, a construction management firm he has owned for more than 30 years.
The 18th Legislative District includes the following Middlesex County municipalities: East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.
Staff Writer Susan Loyer