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Mendham Township Committeewoman-elect Lauren Spirig. (Photo: Lauren Spirig).

Recount in Chris Christie’s hometown expands Democratic margin in Mendham to three votes

Lauren Spirig had led GOP incumbent by two votes, but a recount increased her margin by 50%

By David Wildstein, December 09 2022 1:22 pm

Democrat Lauren Spirig expanded her lead to three votes over Republican incumbent Thomas Baio in a race for Mendham Township Committee after a recount held today.

Spirig has initially led by two votes, 1,473 to 1,471.  The updated tally has Spirig winning, 1,473 to 1,470.

Machine votes from Election Day and early voting remained the same, and Baio lost one vote on a hand count of vote-by-mail ballots.

Republicans are expected to protest one provisional ballot that was disallowed by the Morris County Board of Elections.  But unless the GOP can convince a judge that some voters who cast their ballots in Mendham Township no longer reside in locally – there has been some discussion of challenging the residency of some young adults who no longer live with their parents but continue to vote from Mendham – there is little path for Baio to keep his seat.

This would reduce the Republican majority to 3-2 in January.

Tracey Moreen, a GOP incumbent, was the top vote-getter with 1,532 votes.  Democrat Martin Slayne finished fourth with 1,397.

Mendham Township is the hometown of former Gov. Chris Christie.  Records filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show no contributions from Christie to local Republican candidates.

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