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Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez, left, Deputy Mayor Shawn Klein,, and Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold, the longtime Livingston Democratic Municipal Chair.

Fernandez is new Livingston mayor

One of five Essex Democratic mayors to back Christie in 2013

By David Wildstein, January 01 2020 6:42 pm

The new mayor of Livingston is Rudy Fernandez, who will lead the all-Democratic Township Council for 2020. 

Shawn Klein was elected deputy mayor and is slated to become mayor next year under Livingston’s mayoral rotation system.

Fernandez was one of five Essex County Democratic mayors to endorse Gov. Chris Christie for re-election in 2013.  None of the others currently serve as a mayor.

On April 1, Fernandez will become Livingston’s longest-serving councilman under the current form of government.  He will break the record set by Dominick Crincoli, who retired on January 1, 1987 after twelve years in office

Fernandez was appointed to fill a vacant council seat in March 2008 as a Democrat, fifteen months after losing a council race as a Republican by a wide margin.  He was unopposed in his bid for a two-year unexpired term that year and won a four-year term by just 13 votes in 2010. He won easily in 2014 and 2018.

Democrats have controlled the Livingston Township Council for all but two years since winning a majority of seats for the first time in 1974, largely under the leadership of Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold.  Sebold has been the Livingston Democratic Municipal Chair since 1976.

Christie, a Livingston native, won Livingston by 477 votes in 2009 against incumbent Jon Corzine (53%-47%) and with 63% in 2013.

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