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Former Hillsborough Republican Municipal Chairman Fred Quick

Fred Quick, longtime Hillsborough GOP chairman, dies at 87

Spent 33 years as party leader

By David Wildstein, April 07 2019 2:33 pm

Fred Quick, who spent 33 years as the Hillsborough Republican municipal chairman, died on April 1.  He was 87.

Quick was first elected to the Republican county committee in 1969 and became chairman in 1971.  He also served on the Hillsborough Board of Adjustment from 1968 to 1970 and on the Construction Board of Appeals from 1980 to 2000.  Quick was a commissioner of the Somerset County Board of Elections from 1984 to 2009.

In his first year as municipal chairman, Quick recruited 27-year-old Cosmo Iacavazzi, a former All-American fullback at Princeton University and who was on the 1965 New York Jets, to run for township committee.   That helped push the Democratic incumbent, mayor John Guerrera, out of a re-election campaign.  Iacavazzi beat school board member George Farley by a 60%-40% margin.

Quick stepped down as municipal chairman in 2004.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Quick flew cargo planes during the Vietnam War.

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