BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - According to unofficial results, the BAC public question has been voted down by a wide margin, with 2,744 votes against the measure and 661 votes in favor.  This caps several months of vigorous campaigning by both Stop the BAC and Back the BAC, the two organizations that battled for hearts and minds ahead of today's vote.  With the defeat in today's election, the BAC has now suffered defeat of its proposal by the Township Council twice and Berkeley Heights voters tonight. 

Reached for comment, Jim Wood of Berkeley Aquatic Center told, "I am extremely proud of the volunteers that we had who worked so hard during the campaign process and did it all with honest, integrity and respect. They are a very special group of people and I am very proud to be associated with them."  He concluded, "To the voters of Berkeley Heights thank you for taking this seriously and giving us this opportunity."

Mayor Joe Bruno said, "I am very proud of all of the voters who proved the naysayers wrong. Berkeley Heights voters came out and exercised their right and voted for what they believed in. People on both sides of this issue were passionate about their views."  He continued, "I think that the overwhelming victory sent a clear message that we are a community and that we would protect our neighbors and our assets. It also said that a contract between two parties should stand and not be altered for the benefit of any other individual or group."

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Bruno concluded, "Needless to say I am happy with the results and expect that we would all live with the outcome as promised."

He added, "PS - All of the signs should come down ASAP and tomorrow is recycling day."