Mayor and Entire City Council Reach Limit with Democrats, Switch to GOP

The mayor and the entire city council of a New Jersey township have reached their limit with the Democrats and are switching to the GOP.

East Hanover Mayor Joseph Pannullo and all four members of the township council will switch parties in the town of 11,105 people, the New Jersey Globe is reporting.

Joining Pannullo in dumping the Democrats for the Republican Party are Council President Frank DeMaio, Jr, Councilwoman Carolyn Jandoli, and Councilmen Brian Brokaw, Sr. and Brian Martorelli.

Pannullo has been mayor for sixteen years.

The township administrator, Joseph Tempesta, is the Republican mayor of West Caldwell.

“Pannullo, DeMaio, and Martorelli are up for re-election this year,” according to The New Jersey Globe.

According to Wikipedia:

East Hanover Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey.

As of the 2020 United States Census, the township’s population was 11,105.

The North American headquarters of Mondelez International (parent company of Nabisco) and the pharmaceutical company Novartis are located in East Hanover.

The township is one of 18 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form of government, which is only available to municipalities with fewer than 12,000 residents at the time of adoption.

The governing body under the Small Municipality plan is comprised of the Mayor and the Township Council.

The mayor is elected to a four-year term and four councilmembers are elected to three-year terms, all elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election.

Councilmembers are elected on a staggered basis in a three-year cycle, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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