FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The balance of power on Borough Council appears to have shifted here and - based on unofficial election results – not by a little bit.
The race for mayor pitted incumbent Phil Greiner against Councilperson Betsy Driver. Greiner had often cast the tie-breaking Borough Council vote on matters related to the redevelopment of the Union Hotel and surrounding properties in favor of Jack Cust’s Flemington Center Urban Renewal, LLC.
Driver voted against those agreements, such as last month’s approval of the financial agreement with Cust.
The project was awarded Planning Board approval on Oct. 29.
Notwithstanding the agreements and approvals, lawsuits over the project remain. And Driver’s victory over Greiner, 688 votes to 677, will be only part of the shifting stance on Council.
That’s because incumbent Councilpersons Brooke Warden and Marc Hain, both Republicans, were defeated by Democratic newcomers Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick.
Along with Greiner, Warden and Hain consistently supported the Cust plan that Runion and Giles-McCormick have questioned.
Of them, Giles-McCormick was the top vote getter with 690 votes, followed by Runion with 687 votes. She and Runion topped Hain and Warden, with 632 and 631 votes respectively.