Lorraine Harding, who served on the staffs of two Republican congressmen and became a breeder of Arabian horses, died on July 25. She was 90.
Harding became an aide to Rep. Joseph Maraziti (R-Boonton) in 1973 and ran the congressman’s Flemington office in the basement of the Hunterdon County Administration Building.
After Maraziti lost his bid for re-election to Rep. Helen Meyner (D-Phillipsburg) in the 1974 Watergate landslide, Harding went to work as a real estate agent.
Rep. Jim Courter (R-Allamuchy) hired Harding to work in his district office after he unseated Meyner in 1978.
Harding also worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation as a Right of Way negotiator.
Born in Paterson, Harding spent most of her life in Morris County before buying Mystic Lea Farm in Alexandria in 1969. She was a leader of the 4-H Club in Hunterdon County.
She is survived by her daughters, granddaughter, and great-grandson.
Funeral services are private.