Cammarano wins mayor race in landslide: updated

Nov. 3, 2015: Metuchen’s new mayor will be a former Councilman with a lot of political experience under his belt.

It appeared Democrat Pete Cammarano defeated Republican challenger Daniel Lebar by an unofficial tally of 1,760 to 690 votes as of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. Results are made official at the County level, including mail-in ballots.

“I wish Mayor-elect Cammarano the best and am confident that all issues I’ve been raising before Borough Council during the campaign and in my literature will be accorded due consideration during Pete’s admnistration,” Lebar said in an email.

Cammarano served on Council from 2008 until the end of 2014, when he was replaced on Council by Reed Liebfried. Cammarano is an old hand in New Jersey politics, having served as former Governor Richard Codey’s chief of staff. He worked as deputy director of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1994 re-election campaign, according to his professional biography.

In his professional life, Cammarano is a partner at lobbying firm CLB Partners.

Ronald Grayzel and Allison Inserro were re-elected to their borough council seats in uncontested races.

According to the unofficial tally from the borough Clerk’s office, the board of education race drew 4944 machine votes, the mayoral race garnered 2,450 and, perhaps surprisingly, two uncontested seats on borough council drew 3,539 machine votes.

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