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Tony Perry, left, and former State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos

Perry set to become Middletown mayor

28-year-old Republican was Kyrillos’ chief of staff

By David Wildstein, January 04 2019 10:42 am

Tony Perry, a former chief of staff to State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, is set to become the new mayor of Middletown when the township committee reorganizes on Sunday.

At age 28, Perry will become the youngest mayor in Middletown history.

“Perry’s energy, enthusiasm and youth combined with Tony Fiore’s years of experience on the Committee will be a huge benefit to our residents,” said outgoing mayor Kevin Settembrino.

Middletown (pop. 66,522) is the largest municipality in Monmouth County.  It has been a Republican stronghold for decades and is the hometown of New Jersey’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy.

Perry’s ascension to the mayor potentially puts him on the path to higher office.  Because of its size and electoral clout, Middletown typically has representation in the Legislature and on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders.

Tony Fiore is expected to serve as deputy mayor.

The director of government affairs for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Perry was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2017 and elected last November.  His father-in-law, Gerald Scharfenberger, served as mayor and township committeeman before becoming a freeholder last year.

“I look forward to working alongside our outstanding Township Committee. Each member brings a different skillset to the table,” said Perry.  “I’m confident that we will make a well-rounded team who will keep Middletown as the best place to live, work and raise a family.

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