The entire East Hanover, New Jersey, town council and its mayor plan to end their affiliation with the Democratic Party and pledge their allegiance to the GOP, according to reports.
The New Jersey Globe, a news website that focuses on the Garden State’s political landscape, reported that Mayor Joseph Panolo, Council President Frank DeMaio, Jr., Councilwoman Carolyn Giandoli and Councilmen Brian Broca, Sr. and Michael Martorelli Will change his party affiliation. Democratic to Republican.
Pinolo was elected to the post in 2007 after ousting then-Republican Mayor William Agnellino. Winner ran as a Democrat, and at the time of his inauguration, he was the only Democrat on the council.
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Panolo did not immediately respond to inquiries about his party switch.
Two other Democratic candidates ousted Republicans that year, giving the blue party dominance in the township of East Hanover, which currently has a population of just over 11,000.
Although the leadership in East Hanover was primarily Democratic, the town overwhelmingly supported Republican Jack Ciatarelli when he ran against Governor Phil Murphy in 2021. In fact, Ciattarelli won 74% of the vote.
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Republican dominance was also shown in 2020 when the town gave 66% of the vote to then-President Trump, and in 2022 when Paul DeGroot collected 68% of the vote against Representative Mickey Sherrill.
This year, DeMaio, Martorelli and Pannullo are up for re-election.
“Today’s complete party flip on the East Hanover Township Council — the first in New Jersey history — is an early sign of Republican momentum ahead of key November elections,” said New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Bob Hughan. Tuesday. “Voters know that any official in our one-party controlled state with a ‘D’ next to their name is responsible for aiding and abetting the radical Phil Murphy agenda that is driving up energy prices and evicting them from their homes.”
The party switch comes just two months after West Virginia state Sen. Glenn Jeffries announced he was leaving the Democratic Party to become a registered Republican.
Jeffries cited “economic growth” as a reason for switching parties.
Another elected official to leave the Democratic Party was former Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard, who claimed the party was “totally controlled by an elite cabal of cowardly vigilante warriors.”
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