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John C. Holt. (Photo: Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home).

John Holt, son-in-law of U.S. Senator, councilman in two N.J. municipalities, dies at 91

By David Wildstein, December 21 2022 11:29 pm

John C. Holt, the father of former Hunterdon County Commissioner Matthew Holt and the son-in-law of former U.S. Clifford P. Case, died on December 18.  He as 91.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Holt served as a councilman in Rahway and then in Clinton Township.    He also served on the Zoning Board in three New Jersey municipalities: Rahway, Clinton Township and Clinton.

Holt married Ann Case in 1957.   Her father was a Rahway councilman from 1938 to 1942, a assemblyman from 1943 to 1945, a congressman from 1945 to 1953, and a United States Senator from 1955 to 1979.  While Clifford Case grew up in Poughkeepsie (the second most famous New Jersey political personality to be raised there), his family had long times to New Jersey politics.   His uncle, Clarence Case, represented Somerset County in the State Senate, served as Senate President, and for 23 years was an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.  His great-grandfather, Peter Case, was the Somerset County Court Crier in the 1850s.

Holt’s son served as a county commissioner from 2006 until his resignation earlier this year, and was a Clinton councilman and mayor.

He is also survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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