CRANBURY, NJ – Ringing in the new year with its annual reorganization, the Township Committee swore in Committeemen David Cook and Jay Taylor Monday night, before selecting lone Republican Dan Mulligan as this year's mayor.

Committeeman Glenn Johnson nominated Mulligan for the position and was seconded by Cook.

There were no other nominations for mayor.

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With his left hand outstretched over the Bible, held by daughter Bridget, 10, Mulligan recited the oath of office, right hand raised, as wife Brenda and son Danny, 14, looked on.

Township Clerk Kathleen Cunningham administered the mayoral oath.

“I just really wanted to thank my fellow Township Committee members for this honor and privilege of being Mayor of Cranbury,” Mulligan said after being sworn in. “I feel like I'm part of the club now, since you've all been mayor.”

Mayor Mulligan thanked his family and said that he wasn't the only one affected by his election to the committee.

“When you get elected to the Township Committee, it's not just you getting elected, it's your family getting elected,” he said.

In front of an audience that included state Assemblyman Dan Benson, D-14, former Mayor Alan Danser and former Committeeman Jim Taylor, Cook was sworn in by state Sen. Linda Greenstein, D-14.

Cook's son Jackson, 19, and daughter Olivia, 17, stood by him as he took the oath.

Six-year-old Gracie Taylor held the Bible for her father, Committeeman Jay Taylor as retired Judge C. Judson Hamlin recited the oath of office, pausing as Taylor repeated after him.

Judge Hamlin is a family friend and neighbor of his parents', Taylor said.

Having been nominated by Mayor Mulligan, Johnson will serve as this year's deputy mayor.

Committeeman Susan Goetz was absent from the meeting.

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