Harris, Lonergan and Helfrich Sweep Chatham Borough Election

Mayor elect Bruce Harris receives a congratulatory hug at Borough Hall upon receiving the election results. Credits: Cara Townsend

CHATHAM, NJ --Council Member Bruce Harris (R) will be the next mayor of Chatham Borough. Harris received a total of 1,167 votes to incumbent mayor Nelson Vaughan's 852. Jim Lonergan (R) and Gerald Helfrich (R) won two seats on Chatham Borough Council, beating out Democratic candidate Marcy Wecker. Lonergan received a total of 1,335 votes, Helfrich 1,368 and Wecker 737.

"I'm humbled and honored," Harris said after receiving the results at Borough Hall. "I look forward to continuing to work hard to make Chatham a great community."

Lonergan said the trio worked hard to ensure a winning election. "I am happy to see the trifecta. People in town see how hard we work together and recognize Bruce's leadership," he said.

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"It is humbling to think that so many people came out to cast a vote today," Helfrich said. "I will do my very best to serve the borough as a member of the council."

Vaughan attributed the concerted efforts of the Republican party to the Harris, Lonergan and Helfrich win. "Democrats stayed home and Republicans came out in droves," he said.

The borough also widely supported Republicans Sentator Tom Kean Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom.

897 resident voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to legalize the placing of bets on certain sports events at casinos, racetracks and former racetrack sites in New Jersey, including at gambling houses in Atlantic City. Currently, federal law only permits this type of betting in Nevada and Delaware. 766 voted "no."


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