The New Jersey Globe can project that Republican Councilman John Lane has been elected as mayor of Hawthorne, defeating Democratic Councilman Joseph Wojtecki. Wojtecki previously lost a Hawthorne mayoral election in 2008.
Incumbent mayor Richard Goldberg, a Republican who’s run the township for the last thirteen years, announced in February that he wouldn’t seek another term.
But Goldberg’s mayoral term was far from the longest in Hawthorne history. Mayor Louis Bay was elected to the office in 1947 – and he stayed there for 40 years.