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Governor-Elect Swears in Ducey for Second Term

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Brick Mayor John Ducey won a second term in November with about 65-percent of the vote. Up the Democratic ticket, gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy took just about 35 percent of the vote in town – a point Murphy, who won almost as resoundingly statewide, made sure to joke about while swearing Ducey into office Jan. 1.

“I came to see what happened,” quipped Murphy, who takes office Jan. 16.

N.J. Gov-Elect Phil Murphy swears in Brick Mayor John Ducey. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
N.J. Gov-Elect Phil Murphy swears in Brick Mayor John Ducey. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Murphy also swore two council members, Paul Mummolo and Marianna Pontoriero, into fresh terms. Superior Court Judge Mark Troncone swore in Councilwoman Heather deJong to her second term.

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Murphy, who delivered a few minutes of remarks before the ceremony, complimented Brick’s parks, its Summerfest celebration and its tradition while congratulating the incoming officials. Brick is the only Ocean County town completely in the hands of Democrats. County Chairman Wyatt Earp and Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan were on hand for the pomp and circumstance, which also included bag pipers and a flag presentation by the township’s VFW post.

“This is a community I’ve always enjoyed coming to,” said Murphy, who was upbeat, but also aware of the state’s serious fiscal issues.

“We’re a lot stronger if we get there together,” said Murphy, who conceded “New Jersey will never be the cheap place to live.”

But he pledged to work with mayors, council members and administrators to provide a high level of service from the state government.

“We’ve all got our great partisan passions, but the fact of the matter is, this is a time for the state to close ranks and work together,” said Murphy. “There’s too much wind blowing at us from all directions, this isn’t a question about what party you’re in, this is a question about smart governing and doing what’s best for your constituents.”

N.J. Governor-Elect Phil Murphy delivers remarks in Brick Township. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
N.J. Governor-Elect Phil Murphy delivers remarks in Brick Township. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Ducey touted numerous accomplishments during his first term which helped win a second, mainly focusing on everyday issues such as rebuilding parks and removing red light ticket cameras, but also referencing his popular Facebook Live question-and-answer sessions and $18 million in debt reduction.

“Brick Township is a model for the rest of the country as how both political parties, as well as independents, can work together to get things done,” Ducey said, while making appointments to various boards and commissions. “‘People Above Politics’ has worked well for the last four years, and that philosophy is definitely going to continue over the next four years.”


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  • Jade Greene

    Congrats to Mayor Ducey and Council. We have had four wonderful years. Here’s to four more!

  • Global Warming is a Hoax

    I remember when the big democrat photo op was Senator Torricelli swearing in Mayor Scarpelli. Look what happened to those two pieces of democrat trash.
    Murphy and Ducey are grinning because Brick Township is flush with cash for democrat club cronie contracts and jobs.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Research Joe Cryan and his bondage sex past a few years back….these dems love to help women in every way…

      • east coast resident

        Joe Cryan was bad. No doubt. But, not worst than Trump or Weinstein, or Moore. It doesn’t matter Democrat or republican. If you’re bad, you’re bad. Ducey is a good man, so far.

  • Chief Wahoo

    A governor and a mayor, walk into a bar…..

    • Lord Trump, Westeros

      i always laugh at your jokes, my son. is the punchline “they say ouch?”

  • Frank Rizzo

    Sounds like Ducey will be leaving for a state job or cabinet level position shortly to me…

    • east coast resident

      I hope he does. I”ll vote for him again, anywhere

  • Andy Pat

    I have lived in Brick since ’58. Name a mayor of Brick that has been as fiscally responsible as Ducey.

    • Global Warming is a Hoax

      Ducey is spending the 25% tax increase that Acropolis foisted upon us. That is the ONLY reason Ducey has been able to do what he is doing.

    • KaayC

      None! He really has helped us.

  • KaayC

    Congrats Mayor Ducey! Thank you for your service. Now puleeeze get us some more leaf pickups! Honest. More important than the Foodtown, more than the parks; people hate those wet, soggy bags! Continue to be a person. Good Luck with your second term. Keep us going forward.