Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz today invalidated a vote of the Rockaway Township Council, clearing the way for Adam Salberg to replace Paul Minenna as the interim mayor.
Minkowitz also ruled that the council could not seat John Inglesino, a former mayor, as the township attorney.
The ruling was first reported by the Daily Record.
Salberg’s term will be short. Councilman Michael Puzio is running unopposed in a November special election to fill the unexpired term of Michael Dachisen, who died in August. Local Democrats declined to nominate a candidate for mayor against Puzio, who has endorsed Democrat Mikie Sherrill for Congress against Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber.
“It is unfortunate an activist judge decided today to place a questionable individual in the seat of Mayor, in contrast with the election process as laid out by law. We are evaluating all the options legally available,” said Council President Jeremy Jedynak. “Adam Salberg has been banned from the financial industry due to unpaid fines related to forgery, and we are concerned about his character in running a Township. The Taxpayer Council Majority will continue to govern and represent taxpayers this year, despite a loud minority of leftist rioters looking to obstruct town business.”