April 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – After almost 10 years of holding office, Mayor J. Brooke Hern will not seek re-election, although he added it is entirely possible he may again seek office in four years.
The decision not to run at this time, the mayor said, was predicated on the demands of a growing law practice that would limit his ability to serve the community.
“I really need to focus on my growing practice. There are some great opportunities in that regard.” Hern said.
The mayor said leaving office was a difficult decision--a job he particularly enjoyed.
He said that the four municipal budgets during his stewardship, including pending approval of the 2014 budget, have all kept property taxes under the two percent cap without a reduction in services. He also cited the shared emergency dispatch services center with Summit and Millburn, which is scheduled for completion in September.
“I think people in New Providence are happy with the work my administration has accomplished,” he said.
In early January the local Republican Committee selected former Mayor Al Morgan to represent the party on the June primary ballot. Hern, himself a Republican, said he never had any intention of seeking the party’s support this time.
“I have every confidence that if I decided to run, voters would return me to office,” he said.
When he leaves office next January, Hern said he had no intention to sit on the sidelines and, instead, will remain active in local politics.
“I will have every opportunity to continue to be involved in public policy even though I won’t be sitting in the center chair (the mayor’s seat),” Hern said.
Hern is in the last year of a four-year term of office. Prior to taking office in January 2011, he served on the Borough Council for six years.
Morgan served as the borough’s mayor for two terms from 1999 to 2006.