BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The swearing in of Michael Venezia to his third term as Bloomfield Mayor took place in grand fashion as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy conducted the honors on Friday night, January 3, at the Municipal Building Council Chambers.
Marking the second time in four months Murphy has made an appearance in Bloomfield, the Governor held the bible as Venezia took the oath of office following his Fall re-election.
The ceremony took place in front of fellow Bloomfield Township Council members, state dignitaries, family, friends, and about one hundred members of the community in the newly renovated chambers.
“I am honored to be here on this special day for Michael,” Murphy said. “Bloomfield has a lot of history for me.”
Bloomfield Council members Wartyna Davis, Ted Gamble and Rich Rockwell were also sworn in following their November re-election. Also in attendance was Essex County Freeholder Carlos Pomares who served on the Bloomfield Council before taking the county seat.
In addition to other members of the council, local dignitaries included Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Essex Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill, Bloomfield Township Administrator Matthew Watkins, and other elected officials.
“I also want to thank Joe (DiVincenzo) and Leroy (Jones) in particular for their friendship and support,” Murphy added. “I think it’s fair to say that I would not be here without them, and Brendan Gill as well.”
Murphy’s last visit to the township was on September 9, 2019, when he held a town hall forum at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield.
“This is a community that is like a rocketship,” Murphy explained. ”As Essex County goes, in so many respects, so goes the State of New Jersey.”
Murphy continued, “Bloomfield is a quintessential community within Essex County. It’s amazing the development that is going on here, and I mean development the right way and not just development for the sake of development. And that starts with leadership all thanks to your mayor and council.”