The New Jersey Globe projects that Republican Christopher DiPiazza has won the mayor’s office in Paramus, defeating Democrat MariaElena Bellinger and flipping the town to Republicans.
DiPiazza and Bellinger, both incumbent members of the borough council, were chosen earlier this year as their parties’ standard-bearers after Democratic incumbent Richard LaBarbiera announced he would not seek re-election.
Paramus, one of Bergen County’s most competitive municipalities, usually leans towards Republicans, though LaBarbiera is a notable exception. The GOP currently controls five of the borough’s six council seats, with Bellinger being the lone Democratic holdout.
Two Republican-held council seats were up this year as well, and Republicans retained both: Councilwoman Jeanne Weber and John Migliaccio beat Democrats John Tabor and Mark Distler.