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Gov. Phil Murphy swearing in Somerset County Freeholder Shanel Robinson.

Sooy, Robinson sworn in by Murphy

By Nikita Biryukov, January 04 2019 5:12 pm

Newly-elected Democratic Somerset County Freeholders Sara Sooy and Shanel Robinson were sworn in by Gov. Phil Murphy Friday.

“We’ve done the hard work to get here, now it’s time to put in the work to make sure that we learn all that we are supposed to do, all that we have to do and all that we need to do for the residents of Somerset County,” Robinson said in a short speech following her swearing in. “We didn’t give up. We won’t give up. We’re not stopping.”

The seats won by Sooy and Robinson are the first ones claimed on Somerset’s Freeholder Board in almost four decades.

Control of the county’s legislative arm will be decided in November, when Republican Freeholder Pat Walsh’s seat comes up for election.

More than one governor attended Friday’s event. Former Gov. Tom Kean, 83, was present and swore in Freeholder Director Brian Levine, who was unanimously elected to the role by the Board.

Walsh was unanimously elected Freeholder Deputy Director.

“The county is in great shape,” Levine said. “It has been governed terrifically in the past, and I’m sure it will in the future. And, we’re going to make it even better.”

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