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.