In a stunning move, Democrats took control of local government in Galloway Township tonight even though Republicans have a 4-3 majority on the township council.
Republican councilman Robert Maldonado voted with the three Democrats to make James Gorman the new mayor.
The surprise Democratic takeover comes despite Republicans winning three seats in the November 2019 general election to maintain their majority. The third place Republican led the top Democratic vote-getter by 1,133 votes.
Democrat Mary Crawford is the new deputy mayor. Democrats also took key posts in the local government, including the municipal solicitor.
Gorman is the son of former Assemblyman Francis J. Gorman, who served nearly fourteen years in the legislature before his death in 1987.
Maldonado had enjoyed a strained relationship with his three Republican colleagues for the last two years.
Democrats have not controlled Galloway since 2005.
Maldonado is not up for re-election until 2021.