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Jackson Mayor Michael Reina. (Photo: Jackson Township).

Reina wins re-election as mayor in Jackson

Mayor’s council slate also appears to have won intra-party contest

By Joey Fox, November 08 2022 10:27 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that Jackson Mayor Michael Reina, a Republican, has won re-election, defeating fellow Republican Councilman Martin Flemming in an officially nonpartisan contest.

As of 10:27 p.m. and with all precincts reporting, Reina leads by a 53%-47% margin.

Reina’s council running mates also appear to have won. Jennifer Kuhn (27%) and Scott Sargent (26%) have a narrow lead over Flemming’s running mates, incumbent Councilmembers Andrew Kern and Samara O’Neill (both 23%).

Reina has served as Jackon’s mayor since he was appointed in 2008, winning re-election in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2018. Flemming, meanwhile, is much newer to the Ocean County township’s government, having been appointed in November 2020.

Jackson is a staunchly Republican town, and both slates were affiliated with Republicans; the local Republican organization did not issue an endorsement in the race.

O’Neill was appointed in September to replace former Councilman Alex Sauickie, who was elected to the State Assembly to replace the late Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Plumsted). That election – which Reina briefly ran in before dropping out – means that Jackson once again has a hometown legislator, 20 years after Assemblyman Mel Cottrell (R-Jackson) died.

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