Barnegat Leader

Barnegat Township Committee Remains All-GOP

Nov 17, 2017

Republican incumbents Alfonso Cirulli and John J. Novak held off a challenge from Democratic newcomers Daniel Ward and Paul Whitcraft in the Barnegat Township Committee race for two three-year terms. Cirulli received 3,394 votes while Novak had 3,333. Ward and Whitcraft received 2,761 and 2,775 votes respectively.

Cirulli served on the committee from 2004 to 2012, and was mayor when he lost a re-election bid. He returned to the committee at the end of 2015 to replace Martin Lisella when the latter was appointed township administrator. Cirulli had to run last year for the final year of Lisella’s unexpired term.

Novak served on the committee in 2007 and returned after winning the election in 2015. He was mayor in 2016.

“I think our town is in very good shape, and many people in town feel that way,” said Cirulli. “We’ve had new management in town hall, and that has made a huge difference in operations. This is also the best committee I ever served on, and I’m glad to be here for three more years.”

Novak said the township made major strides this year in making improvements to Project Playground and the pocket parks, as well as in cutting down on police overtime costs.

“People in town have been patient, and their patience is being rewarded,” said Novak. “I also want to compliment our opponents. They were gentlemen, and it was a very clean campaign on both sides.”

During the campaign, Whitcraft and Ward stressed that alternate voices needed to be heard, since the committee is all-Republican.

“It’s disappointing to lose, but we gave it a good shot,” said Whitcraft. “We want to thank those who did support us. We plan to continue to attend committee meetings and closely watch what the town is doing.”

Ward added, “It was a great experience. I got to talk to and meet a lot of people. I wish Committeemen Novak and Cirulli good luck in continuing on the committee.”  —E.E.

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