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After backing the losing candidate, Bateman may lose Bridgewater post

Mayor-elect Matt Moench says no decisions have been made

By David Wildstein and Nikita Biryukov, December 09 2019 1:34 pm

After nearly three decades as the Bridgewater municipal prosecutor, State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) might soon be out of an $85,00-a-year part time job.

Bateman strongly backed incumbent mayor Daniel Hayes, who lost the June GOP primary by a 2-1 margin to Council President Matthew Moench.

Now as Moench, who won the general election by seventeen points, prepares assume office in January, it won’t be a surprise if Bateman doesn’t get reappointed.

Bateman told the New Jersey Globe today that he doesn’t know what his status will be.

“I have not heard that officially. I know my contract was up for renewal in June. They didn’t renew it,” Bateman said. “They said, ‘it doesn’t mean we’re not going to reappoint you.’ They held me over. I’m told though they’re going to put out requests for proposals for next year, so I’m going to submit a proposal.”

Bateman went all in for Hayes in the primary, and raised a significant amount of money for the mayor in defense of post.

“I supported the incumbent mayor because the incumbent mayor had appointed me twice, and I thought he was doing a good job,” said Bateman.

Moench said that no decision has been made on Bateman.

“Myself and our transition team are in the process of evaluating a lot of positions to determine what we will be doing going forward,” Moench said.  “No decisions have been made.”

Bateman says he hopes to be reappointed, saying he’s done a good job as prosecutor.

“But that’s not my decision,” Bateman said.  “That’s politics sometimes: You live by the sword; you die by the sword.”

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