MONTCLAIR, NJ - Only two towns remain in the running for the best downtown in New Jersey and Montclair is not one of them. Montclair was out-voted by Maplewood in the third round of the 'Downtown Showdown' hosted by New Jersey Monthly.
Maplewood and Morristown are the two downtowns left standing in New Jersey Monthly’s Downtown Showdown and will now face off in the Championship Round.
The initial 16 downtowns were chosen by the editorial staff of New Jersey Monthly.
The magazine reported that for Week 1 voting, towns faced off based on population, while Week 2 pitted the victors against one another. During Week 3, Maplewood beat out Montclair and Morristown prevailed over Cape May in a match to determine which town would advance to the final round.
Although Montclair had a good showing, beating out larger towns for two rounds, Montclair did not prevail against Maplewood in the third.
TAP into Montclair caught up to Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson during the second round. He expressed humility with Montclair being chosen over Westfield and Hoboken in the first two rounds ad stated, "We are humbled that the voters think so highly of us and inspired to do even more to establish Montclair as the preeminent downtown in New Jersey, if not the United States."
Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca told New Jersey Monthly that Maplewood Village’s smallness is what makes it special, giving the area “a European feel.” He added that Maplewood’s uniqueness is immediately apparent, thanks to, “a winding roadway with a 15 MPH speed limit and no traffic lights, free parking throughout, and a blend of family owned shops and services.”
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty had a differing approach to his win by telling New Jersey Monthly that he felt Morristown had become the hub of North Jersey, drawing visitors not only from far reaches of the state, but outside it as well.
Voting closes on Monday, September 28 and although Montclair is no longer in the race, voters can help to decide which town will be proclaimed the winner of the 'Downtown Showdown'. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 29.