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Former Hudson County Freeholder Barry J. Dugan. (Photo: G. Keenen O'Brien Funeral Home).

Barry Dugan, former Hudson freeholder, dies at 87

Bayonne Democrat was an ally of Joe Doria

By David Wildstein, January 22 2023 4:58 pm

Barry J. Dugan, a former Hudson County freeholder and a political ally of former Assembly Speaker and Bayonne Mayor Joseph V. Doria, Jr., died on January 13.  He was 87.

Doria appointed Dugan as Bayonne’s director of Parks and Recreation in 1998.

With the support of Doria, Hudson County Democrats backed Dugan for the District 1 freeholder seat to replace incumbent Neil Carroll in 1999.  He easily defeated Republican Thomas Bragen after campaigning against the siting of a garbage transfer station in Bayonne.

He was re-elected to the Board of Freeholders in 2002 with little difficulty.  He served as freeholder chairman pro-tempore in 2001 and 2002 and as vice chairman from 2003 through 2005.

Citing a desire to spend more  time with his family, Dugan declined to seek re-election in 2005 and was replaced by another Democrat, Dr. Doreen M. DiDomenico.

“Bayonne lost a true champion of the people and a strong advocate for veterans in Hudson County and New Jersey,” said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a lon.  “A son of Irish immigrants who valiantly served his country as a U.S. Marine, Barry Dugan made it his life’s work to serve the people of Bayonne and the residents of Hudson County.  He leaves a lasting legacy and our thoughts are with his family and all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with Frances, their children and grandchildren in this difficult time.”

The son of Irish immigrants, Dugan was a U.S. Maine Corps veteran and served as president of the Bayonne Irish American Association.  He was employe as an accountant for Western Electric and AT&T for nearly 35 years.   He also served as Hudson County director of Veterans Affairs.

Dugan is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances, his four children and seven grandchildren.

This story was updated at 12:34 PM on January 23 with comment from Menendez.

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