Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey and Davis’s reelection kickoff
A coming referendum in the City of Bayonne could shake things up in the Borough of Oceanport.
NewJerseyGlobe reports that Bayonne residents will decide via referendum whether appointees of the mayor must live in the City. Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey is the appointed Corporation Counsel of Bayonne. Should the referendum succeed, which we are told is likely, Coffey would have to choose between the lucrative job and serving as mayor.
How Coffey’s successor is chosen becomes an interesting question, should he resign. In towns with partisan elections, municipal vacancies are filled by the council or township committee choosing from three candidates submitted by the County Committee of the Party that ran the office holder. Coffey, a registered Democrat, was elected as a write-in candidate. The Oceanport Democrats did not have an candidate for mayor in 2015 when Coffey unseated Republican Michael Mahon, who was unopposed on the general election ballot. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 27th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Oceanport | Tags: Bayonne, Jay Coffey, Mayor Jay Coffey, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Oceanport | 2 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
Oceanport Administrator John Bennett is applying to keep the job that he announced his retirement from in October.
Bennett’s retirement is effective December 31. When I met him at Oceanport’s temporary Borough Hall today, there was no signs of him slowing down. He was working with a borough employee on the town’s debt amortization schedule when I arrived. Over lunch he was excited about the future of Oceanport and proud of what he’s accomplished in his two years as administrator. He was also well aware the that town needs to heal the divisions…that he is in the center of….that resulted in Mayor Michael Mahon going from being unopposed for reelection last month to being defeated by write-in candidate Jay Coffey. “I promised I would give 110% until my last day,” for former Senate President and Acting Governor said.
Bennett is hopeful that his last day will come after December 31. “I love being an administrator,” he said, “I wish I had done this earlier in my career. I submitted my application for the job.”
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Posted: December 3rd, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: Jay Coffey, John Bennett, Mike Mahon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport, Shaun Golden | Comments Off on John Bennett: Not the retiring type
OCEANPORT — Before the summer, John “Jay” Coffey didn’t have any intentions of becoming the borough’s next mayor. A member of the Board of Education, Coffey was an active participant in the community — but he didn’t start regularly attending Borough Council meetings until after a slew of officials in the borough resigned. The resignations caught… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: 2015 Elections, Jay Coffey, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | 1 Comment »
Oceanport Mayor-elect Jay Coffey
Attorney John F. Coffey II received 949 of the 988 write-in ballots in the Oceanport election for mayor, according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Incumbent Mayor Michael Mahon received 721 votes.
All machine and Vote By Mail ballots have been counted. There were 15 provisional ballots cast in Oceanport, which will be counted on November 9. Jay Coffey is the Mayor-elect of Oceanport.
For Borough Council, full-term, there were 807 write -in votes. Write-in candidate Cullin Wibble received a total of 694 votes. Candidates John A. Patti received 901 votes and Patricia Cooper received 843 votes.
Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: 2015 Elections, Christine Hanlon, Jay Coffey, John F. Coffey II, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Comments Off on Jay Coffey is Mayor-elect of Oceanport
Presumed Oceanport Mayor-elect Jay Coffey, center,addresses supporters as Culllin Wible , left, and Councilman Joe Irace,right look on. photo via facebook
In the Oceanport mayoral race, “Write-In” has defeated incumbent Mayor Michael Mahon by a margin of 988 to 721.
Monmouth County Clerk told MoreMonmouthMusings this morning that each of the Write-In votes will be reviewed today in order to determine the winner of the race, subject to the counting of provisional ballots and certification of the election.
A bi-partisan coalition of Oceanport leaders supported Attorney Jay Coffey, a registered Democrat, in his campaign unseat the Republican mayor who was unopposed on the ballot. Coffey is widely expected to be the winner of the campaign. He declared victory last evening.
Oceanport’s all Republican municipal government has been in turmoil for the better part of the year as Mahon stopped communicating with members of the Council, particularly regarding redevelopment issues at Fort Monmouth, and a growing distrust of Borough Administrator John Bennett festered throughout the governing body and members of the public.
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Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Joe Irace, John Bennett, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Tags: Jay Coffey, Joe Irace, John Bennett, Michael Mahon, Monmouth County News, Oceanport | Comments Off on Unofficial Oceanport Results Will Be Reported By Days End