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Michael Puzio, center, takes the oath of office as mayor of Rockaway on November 20, 2018 *

Rockaway GOP picks three for Puzio seat

New mayor takes office today

By David Wildstein, November 20 2018 11:55 pm

Rockaway Township Republicans tonight picked three candidates for the council seat vacated earlier today by Michael Puzio, who was sworn in as fifth mayor in three months.

The council can pick one of the three — Joe Jackson, Doug Brookes or Adam Salberg — to replace Puzio.  If the council declines to select one of the three, the local GOP organization can meet to select a new councilman.

Jackson (27 votes), Brookes (21 votes) and Salberg (17 votes), defeated Adam Smolinski (11 votes) and Robin Shaw (2 votes).  A sixth candidate, Frank Jeckell, withdrew his name from consideration.

Salberg served as interim mayor.

Puzio, a Republican who had already endorsed Rep.-elect Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), became the GOP nominee for mayor after the August 15 death of Mayor Michael Dachisen.   He ran unopposed in the general election.

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  1. I wonder if the Sunday papers will talk about Joe Jackson’s candidacy. Maybe he will announce “I’m the Man” as his campaign theme song. Wonder if Graham Maby will endorse him. In all seriousness, I hope whoever wins the seat works with Jedynak and his allies to keep spending and taxes under control as they did in the current budget.

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