The Asbury Park Press has endorsed Republican Mo Hill, a four-term councilman and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, to serve as Mayor of Toms River.
“In this election, we are going more with our gut. We think it is critical that the next mayor show strong leadership in trying to tamp down the anti-Orthodox sentiment that has poisoned much of the discourse in Toms River and beyond,” the APP editorial said. “We believe Hill, who has demonstrated his leadership ability in the military, where working well together with people of all different backgrounds is essential for success, has the edge.”
Hill faces Democrat Jonathan Petro in a race to succeed retiring incumbent Thomas Kelaher.
He won the GOP primary running off the line against former Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, who had the support of former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore.
“Hill has the experience needed to run a large town. He also has shown a willingness to work with council members of both parties — Republicans hold a 5-2 edge with three council seats also up for election Tuesday,” the endorsement said. “We hope he can do what too many other local politicians in Ocean County have failed to do — work to counter the ignorance of those fanning the flames of anti-Semitism.”