Dems win Morris Plains mayor, two Chatham council seats

Morris Plains elected a Democrat to replace longtime Republican mayor Frank Druetzler. Jason Karr defeated Sal Cortese, the Republican, by 107 votes, 1,317 to 1,210. Republicans held the two Morris Plains council seats. Democrats picked up two seats on the Chatham Borough Council, with incumbents Leonard Resto (1,759) and Peter Hoffman (1,657) losing to Carolyn Dempsey (1,975) and Jocelyn Mathiasen (1,906). In Madison, Democrats Astri Baillie (3,235) and Debra Coen

Neibart wins in Mendham

Sarah Neibart, who had served as deputy campaign manager of Bob Hugin’s U.S. Senate campaign, was elected to a full term on the Mendham Township Committee on Tuesday, holding off a Democratic challenger by 209 votes. Republicans took both seats in Mendham Township, one year after Democrat Amalia Duarte won locally.  Neibart (1,368) and Nick Monaghan (1,399) defeated Democrats Patricia O’Brien (1,159) and Brenda Grant (1,148). Getting ready to begin

Despite controversies, Gross scores a solid win

Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi faced an uncharacteristically tough reelection race this year, but she still squarely came out on top, defeating Democratic challenger Shala Gagliardi by about eight points, 54%-46%. Grossi received 96,739 votes, while 81,374 cast ballots for Gagliardi. Grossi has been the subject of some controversy over the past several months. First, a Superior Court judge ruled she failed to follow election law by allowing Morris County

Morris Undersheriff who endorsed Sherrill could challenge Gannon

Former Morris County Undersheriff William Schiavella has endorsed Democrat Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, renewing speculation that the former Republican councilman from Rockaway Township will switch parties and challenge Sheriff James Gannon in 2019. Schiavella is a political ally of Michael Puzio, the Republican candidate for mayor in Rockaway who has also endorsed Sherrill. Gannon replaced Schiavella and Puzio when he succeeded Edward Rochford as sheriff

Morris freeholders tout record

Morris County’s GOP freeholders touted their record of working to preserve open spaces and farmland in the county. “The Smith, Krickus, Shaw team stepped up when vulnerable open space and farmland was at risk. Morris County resident’s value green spaces and their contribution to our quality of life,” said Freeholder Deborah Smith. Smith, along with Freeholders John Krickus and Stephen Shaw, is running in a race that risks being heavily

Morris Dems want GOP to drop Hoffman

Morris Democrats are calling for their Republican counterparts to censure Chatham Councilman Peter Hoffman over anti-Muslim posts he made to social media. “Chatham Borough residents deserve better than a Councilman who sees our Muslim neighbors as ‘scum’ and ‘beasts,’” Morris Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson said. Hoffman came under fire after the New Jersey branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations publicized the councilman’s social media posts along with a call

Barrios accuses Dodd of unethical hiring

Fernando Barrios, a former ally of Dover Mayor James Dodd, on Friday filed a complaint against the mayor, accusing him of violating the Local Government Ethics Law by voting to hire and give a raise to a city employee with whom the mayor is romantically engaged. The woman, whose identity the New Jersey Globe is aware of but is not releasing because of privacy concerns, was hired in a 2016