A retired fire fighter, Brennan is probably best known for filing an official misconduct complaint against Gov. Chris Christie over the Bridgegate lane closure scandal.
Brennan, 50, has a history of filing lawsuits against public officials. According to The Record, he won $3 million from Teaneck after he claimed that township officials harassed him following his criticism of fire department policies. He retired from the department in 2006 after 13 years. The Record reported that he used some of the money to put himself through school, going to Caldwell College and Seton Hall Law School.
According to his campaign site, Brennan holds degrees in law, social science, and fire science.
He has run for office unsuccessfully several times: council in Little Falls and Wayne, Passaic County sheriff, and state Assembly. In 2010, Brennan created a local access cable show called New Jersey Civil Circus broadcast by William Paterson University. When it failed to air an episode a year later, he sued and won $75,000 in damages from the university and Wayne, according to Patch.
Brennan is divorced with two sons and lives in Wayne.29-day pre-election campaign finance report Personal financial disclosure form
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