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Murphy will swear in three Dem officials

Governor returns from family trip to Africa

By David Wildstein, January 01 2019 8:36 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy will return from a twelve-day family vacation to Tanzania tomorrow and will swear in three Democratic local officials over a three-hour period on Wednesday evening — including one of his former opponents.

He will start in Evesham, where he will administer the oath of office to Jaclyn Veasey.  She will replace Republican Randy Brown, who abruptly ended his re-election campaign in September.

Murphy will swear-in Christopher Chung, the new mayor of Palisades Park.  Chung defeated incumbent James Rotundo in the June Democratic primary by 18 votes and will become the first Korean American mayor of a town where 51% of residents are reportedly of Korean descent.

At 7:45 PM, Murphy will be in Tenafly to administer the oath to a former rival, Mark Zinna.

In 2017, Zinna finished sixth in the Democratic primary for governor.  He won 1% of the vote and ran 238,430 votes behind Murphy.

Zinna again elected to the borough council in on November 6.

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Zinna was being sworn in as mayor.

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