Councilwoman Maria Maruca

Councilwoman Maria Maruca

1st Ward Councilwoman

Councilwoman Maria Maruca has called Ocean County home since 1980. She is a former small business owner and community volunteer who has served the residents of new Jersey in many distinguished capacities.

Councilwoman Maruca was first elected to the Toms River Council in 2004 and has a long record of public service. She is the former Executive Director of the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District (2000-2012) and has been an active member of the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council since 1992. Additionally, Councilwoman Maruca has served on the Toms River Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, Ocean of Love, Jersey Shore Region Tourism, New Jersey Tourism Industry Association and the National Alliance for Mental Health.

An advocate for her constituents, Councilwoman Maruca was part of the Dover Township Name Change Committee in 2006, and supported changing the Township's name from the Township of Dover to the Township of Toms River on November 14, 2006. Councilwoman Maruca is also a liaison to the Township's 250th Anniversary Commission. As a member of the Township Council, Maria represents Ward 1, which includes the Township's barrier island sections, East Dover, Bay Shore, Gilford Park, the Fischer Boulevard corridor, and sections of Silverton. She is especially proud of the work she has done with respect to recovery and rebuilding efforts from Superstorm Sandy. She facilitated public outreach and community engagement to discuss flood risk and new FEMA elevation maps and has worked to secure Sandy recovery grants for Township taxpayers. Councilwoman Maruca has worked diligently with various state and local agencies to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dune and beach replenishment project started to protect Toms River's bay and beachfront communities.

Maria also serves as liaison to the Capital Committee. The Committee meets regularly to review the long term infrastructure needs of the community concerning municipal parks, buildings, roadways, and other improvements. She continues to work with the Building and Zoning departments on permits and inspections and the Land Use Committee on making decisions that will help residents and business owners plan for future development.

In the private sector, Maria is manager of the Toms River Motor Vehicle Commission. Councilwoman Maruca graduated from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville. For years she worked in the family business at Maruca's Tomato Pies on the Seaside boardwalk.

Councilwoman Maruca is an active community volunteer at the People's Pantry, a food and supply organization formed in response to Superstorm Sandy. Today the Peoples Pantry serves more than 4,000 Ocean County families per month, five days per week. She is a member of St. Justin's Church in Toms River. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and traveling.

You can email Maria at mmaruca@tomsrivertownship.