Assemblywoman Diane Gove said a GOP defection that led to a Democratic mayor in Galloway, while disappointing, was not a huge deal.
“It’s disappointing, obviously, but I know Mayor Gorman,” Gove said. “He’s been in there a few years. We’ve worked with him. I think, as a delegation, we’re going to be able to work with him again.”
Republican Councilman Robert Maldonado voted with the Galloway council’s three Democratic members to appoint James Gorman to the town’s mayorship.
Maldonado also awarded Democrats a number of local posts, including municipal solicitor and deputy mayor.
Democratic Councilwoman Mary Crawford will fill the latter post.
Maldonado had a somewhat strained relationship with his fellow Republicans over the last two years.
Despite that and the defection, Gove isn’t worried about the town going in the wrong direction.
“When you’re working with a municipality, it’s not about Republican or Democrat. It’s about the people of Galloway, the people of whatever municipality or constituency,” Gove said. “I think if we all have the same common goal, I think it’s going to work well, because he’s got the same goal too: to work for the people of Galloway.”