June 4, 2014 at 5:15 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Bob Woodruff defeated incumbent Mayor Joe Bruno in the highly anticipated Republican Mayoral Primary on Tuesday for their party's nomination for the 4-year term.
Woodruff led the unofficial vote count with 590 to 380 votes cast for Bruno.
"I want to thank the hardworking group that put a lot of time in," said Woodruff. "It was a difficult situation and I am proud of how we never made it personal."
Woodruff ran on the platform of working together to build the future of Berkeley Heights. "One of the issues in the campaign was the concern of the council working with the mayor -- with the same direction and same vision, same understanding that we are working together and who gets credit is not relevant," said Woodruff.
"The town is concerned about the potential of infighting and where is this leading. We want the town to know, that type of behavior and conduct is in the rearview mirror."
Mayor Bruno congratulated Woodruff on the primary victory. "As for me, I will complete my term ending 12/31/14. I have had the pleasure of serving the residents of Berkeley Heights for what will be 18 years. Then it will be time to move on and enjoy full time retirement," said Bruno. "Until then, I have six more months of work."
Republican Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley and running mate Marc Faecher were unchallenged in their primary bids for the two three-year terms for township council. In the Democratic primary, Roxanne Dowell ran unopposed for council.