You could certainly feel the warmth in Bayonne today, in more ways than one.

“You’re always there for us, we’re here for you,” shouted an enthusiastic attendee, as bagpipers led Sunday’s inauguration ceremony from St. Henry’s Church to the Bayonne Municipal Building—with festivities shifting inside to the City Council chambers, due to extremely high temperatures. 

Nevertheless, the heat didn’t stop hundreds of residents, well-wishers and dignitaries from Bayonne, Hudson County, Trenton and Washington from paying their respects to Mayor James M. Davis and Councilmembers Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, Thomas Cotter, Salvatore Gullace, Gary LaPelusa, Sr., and Juan Perez—all of whom emerged victorious from contentious May 8 municipal elections. The grateful administration reaffirmed their commitment to progress in the Peninsula City, following their ascent to power four years ago.

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Still buzzing immediately after his own victory hammering out a budget deal, Governor Phil Murphy managed to stop by the ceremony long enough to convey his support for the administration.,

“It’s a great day for in Bayonne… a city that continues to renew itself.” Murphy said. “Mayor Davis is a strong voice for the priorities we share...a stronger and fairer New Jersey begins right here in Hudson County, right here in Bayonne.”

Cotter, Gullace, LaPelusa, Perez and Ashe-Nadrowski delivered driven messages to their constituents, thanking them all for their support and affirmation as they took the oath of office. 

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez was also on hand, describing Bayonne as, “a unique community that exhibits what America is all about.”

Menendez recounted his efforts to bring money and investment into the City of Bayonne in the past, only to be disappointed with the progress with previous administrations.

“It’s coming together now,” he said, citing tremendous progress in the city’s developmental plan and burgeoning waterfront.

“Bayonne, I can’t thank you enough,” Davis said when it was his turn to preach to the crowd. “This is the city that made me who I am today.”

To his colleagues on the Council, Davis extended his gratitude for their, “collective commitment to making Bayonne the best it can be.”

“There’s something about saying, ‘I’m from Bayonne,’” Davis said to the packed house. “It’s just three words, but it means a whole lot more.”