NUTLEY, NJ - Tammy Rossi of Nutley was elected Secretary of the Essex County NJ Republican Women.

Incoming president of Essex County NJ Republican Women, Carol Gallentine of Roseland, kicked off her term with the announcement at the group's Lincoln Day Dinner 2021 Fundraiser that took place on February 18.

"This is a wonderful occasion to observe an Essex County NJ Republican Women tradition and have some fun. There’ll be music, singing, and a fabulous speaker, Barbara From Harlem. Plus, it's a FUNdraiser...helping to further our Republican values and sustain all our future endeavors that focus around the U.S. Constitution and the healthy, positive civic education of adults & children."

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Other newly elected officers for 2021 are: Vice President Maureen Edelson (Montclair), and Treasurer Mary Waugh (Verona).

Along with her husband, Edelson is co-owner of Montclair Physical Therapy, which was founded in 1991. A longtime resident of Montclair and active in the community, Edelson is also a former third ward council candidate. Though unsuccessful in her bid for public office, Edelson has continued her activism in the community as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 4 among her other affiliations.  

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Economics, Edelson is also a Chartered Financial Analyst who co-owns Montclair Physical Therapy, wwith her husband. 

According to the group's organizers, Essex County NJ Republican Women and Essex County Colored Republican Women were started 100 years ago as the women's suffrage movement secured the vote for all U.S. citizens. These clubs smartly harnessed civic power to help send the first women and blacks to the New Jersey legislature in 1920 (Alexander of Orange, Laird of Newark & Van Ness of East Orange). In the clubs' current, unified era, civic education is seen as the organization's top priority for 2021. 

For more information or to join (registered Republican women & men of Essex County are welcome; like-minded others are friends), email or visit