Livingston’s council elected Dr. Shawn R. Klein the township’s mayor Friday.
He’ll replace Councilman Rudy Fernandez as mayor. It’ll be his second time at the head of the township’s government. He was deputy mayor twice before that.
Councilman Michael Vieira, who was sworn into his first full term Friday, nominated Klein, who was sworn in by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark). Fernandez seconded the nomination.
“I can’t tell you what it means to have as my first action as a United States senator in this new year to have the very first thing I do in the civic space to have the incredible honor to swear you in as the next mayor of the great city of Livingston,” Booker said.
Councilman Ed Meinhardt will take over as deputy mayor. Councilman Al Anthony, who himself was sworn into a third term Friday, made that nomination.
Anthony, who has been mayor twice, was the highest vote-getter in Livingston history, Vieira said.
Gov. Phil Murphy and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) sent pre-recorded messages of congratulations into the digital reorganization meeting.
The all-Democratic council had some high praise for its new mayor.
“Your dedication, commitment, your passion for Livingston shows in everything you do,” Fernandez said. “Also, your ability to ask the right questions and help us think through the various topics that come before us have always helped us a well and though-out solution.”
Klein will appear on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Saturday, January 2 on 77 WABC. The show is hosted by New Jersey Globe editor David Wildstein, who was sworn in as mayor of Livingston 34 years ago today.