This New Jersey Township Has a New Mayor — Its 5th in 3 Months

One mayor's death and a series of lawsuits led to the revolving door of mayors.

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A New Jersey township has elected a new mayor -- the fifth person to hold the office since the longtime mayor died this summer.

In August, longtime Rockaway Township mayor Michael Dachisen died from a heart attack and Council President Jeremy Jedynak became acting mayor for 30 days. The North Jersey Record reports the council then named Paul Minenna interim mayor in a controversial decision that prompted a lawsuit. 

A judge's ruling in the lawsuit led to the appointment of a new interim mayor, Adam Salberg. 

New Mayor Michael Puzio ran unopposed and was elected Tuesday. He says residents were energized by recent political drama and are ready for a change.

Jedynak said Wednesday that he hopes to work with Puzio and find common ground.

The township, meanwhile, still lists Dachisen as its acting mayor on its website

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