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Lorraine Harding

Lorraine Harding, aide to Maraziti, Courter, dies at 90

Hunterdon Republican worked for two Republican congressmen

By David Wildstein, August 01 2019 10:37 am

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.

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