Republican Mark Lois will be sworn in as a Chatham Township Committeeman in January after Democrat Kathy Abbott dropped her recount bid, flipping control of the council and giving Republicans a 3-2 majority and the mayoralty.
Lois defeated Abbott by 25 votes, 2,243 to 2,218 (50.3%-49.7%).
Abbott, a Democrat and the current deputy mayor, was appointed to fill the committee seat of former mayor Tracy Ness, a fellow Democrat who resigned in June. She previously served a single term on the committee as a Republican from 2011 to 2014.
Lois’ victory came despite an endorsement of Abbott by five former mayors, including two Republicans.
Republican Jack Ciattarelli carried Chatham Township by 111 votes against Gov. Phil Murphy. In the same election, former Gov. Richard Codey, seeking his 13th term in the State Senate, carried the township by six votes against Republican Adam Kraemer.
Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz had heard from attorneys representing Lois and Abbott last week.
TAPinto Chatham had first reported Abbott’s decision to drop her recount bid.