FLEMINGTON, NJ – With no more meetings of Borough Council scheduled until next year, it’s likely that Monday’s Council meeting was John Gorman’s last as an elected official.
Gorman has served continuously on Council for 33 years making him, according to many, the state’s longest-serving person on a local governing body. But Gorman decided to not seek re-election this year, so Monday’s meeting was a bit emotional for him and for others in attendance.
Among those moved by the event was his wife, Elaine Gorman. She is also a regular attendee at Council meetings, in part because she’s chair of the Borough’s Historic Preservation Commission, but also because she really cares about the Borough, just like John.
Gorman was an engineer by trade and though he was noted for his wit, he was not noted for sporting a formal appearance. Indeed, he joked at the meeting, some have chided him for wearing ties so infrequently. So as a nod to those constituents on his last official day of service, Gorman donned a particularly striking holiday tie for the occasion.
In a way, John leaves Council much the way he started. Elaine recalled that when he was first elected, he was advised he’d need a jacket and tie, for use at official events, at least periodically.
At the time, he didn’t have such an outfit.
“So it was off to Karrow’s,” Elaine said, recalling the men’s shop that once graced Flemington’s then-busy Main Street. Sol Karrow fitted John nicely, Elaine said, with a blue blazer and gray slacks.
John said he isn’t sure what he’ll be doing with his Monday evenings, which is when Council meetings are typically held. But Elaine seemed to know the answer.
“You haven’t seen the last of us yet,” she promised.