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Tony Perry, left, and former State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos

Perry will be Middletown mayor again in 2020

By David Wildstein, January 02 2020 6:48 pm

Tony Perry is expected to get a second year as mayor of Middletown when the township committee reorganizes on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Perry, a former chief of staff to State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown), became the youngest mayor in township history last year.

Middletown (pop. 66,522) is the largest municipality in Monmouth County.  It has been a Republican stronghold for decades and is the hometown of New Jersey’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to build on all we accomplished in 2019 and provide our residents with the fiscally responsible government they have come to expect,” said Perry. “This has been an extremely productive year and the Township Committee, and I will continue to seek innovative solutions that will lead Middletown into the next decade and not shy away from the pressing issues that impact our community.”

Tony Fiore is expected to serve as deputy mayor again.

The director of government affairs for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Perry was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2017 and elected in November 2018.

His father-in-law, Gerald Scharfenberger, served as mayor and township committeeman before becoming a freeholder last year.  Scharfenberger will take office as the new assemblyman from the 13th district on January 14.

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