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Gov. Christie to Swear in Baratta as Mayor

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will attend the borough council re-organization meeting Tuesday night, Jan 3.

Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Fair Lawn Tuesday to swear in at , Patch has confirmed.

"We’re thrilled and honored about it," said Baratta, who will become Fair Lawn's fifth female mayor. "It was a wonderful surprise when his office called me and said the governor would like to swear you in as mayor."

It's the only municipal swearing in that Christie will be doing in New Jersey, Baratta said. The governor is also expected to say a few words at the meeting.

Baratta, who is chief of staff for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, said the arrangement with Christie began to take shape after a phone conversation she had with Matt Mowers, the governor's regional director of intergovernmental affairs.

"He called me to say, 'I heard you’re going to be the mayor in Fair Lawn,'" Baratta said. "So I said 'Yeah. We’d love for the governor to come down – not thinking that he really would."

Baratta received an early Christmas present when she learned just prior to the holiday that the governor would indeed be coming to swear her in. 

"They said, 'Jeanne, we talked to the governor and he wants to swear you in," she said. "I thought that was pretty cool."

, who will become Fair Lawn's next deputy mayor, advised residents who wish to attend Tuesday's meeting to arrive early.

Only the first 160 attendees will be admitted, as fire codes prohibit more than that many people from being seated in . Spill over will be sent to the -- across the street from the  -- where the council meeting will be televised on Fair Lawn TV, Cosgrove said.


Bruce Knuckle January 04, 2012 at 12:46 PM
What we saw tonight was an example of the things to come.
ORION January 04, 2012 at 04:58 PM
http://fairlawn.patch.com/articles/your-neighborhood-gallery-3fd3c9a7#photo-8830508 THIS IS FROM 10-31-2007.....LOOK AT THE PICTURE AND SEE IF ANYTHING THEY RAN ON CAME TRUE UNDER THEM.
tony January 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
i heard peluso read a quote that came from the mouth of governer christie...to me it is a lot worse for our governer to go back on his word than a young councilman to come off cocky and arrogant (i hold my governer to a higher standard than our councilmen). i am a republican supporter but i STRONGLY am against people holding mutliple posistions (and the fact that one was not an elected posistion means nothing to me). i believe people in local government like town coucil should not be filled with people who work within the government. baratta works for donovan, bottom line. im worried this council is more concerned about there friends (donovan) and thier political careeers than they are of fair lawn.
Deleted because of harassment January 04, 2012 at 05:53 PM
The people going on and on are, like Peluso and Swain, part of a political machine that is dedicated to one thing, and one thing only - smearing the other party with as much and as often as possible. They do not understand for one second that the corruption that runs the party is directly to blame for their losses in an otherwise liberal NNJ. If they spent as much time distancing them from the abuses of the Oury/Ferriero days, and acting more in the interests of Bergen than their own, they might have a chance recovering this county for themselves. But repeating viscious untruths is all they seem able to do. Peluso was a disgrace last night, with no idea of how meetings work, he huffed and puffed and tried to pout his way like a petulant child. Swain continued the behavior that always reminds me of one of the stuck up kids in high school who thought they deserved what they were unwilling to earn or give to anyone - respect. I think back to Jeanne's behavior when she first joined the c Council and have to wonder if both of them if there is an ounce of humility between the two. Particularly in the comments on Tom Metzler, which prove neither one will accept the opinion of the hundreds of people that addressed the Council, nor Tom's own apology and contrite aknowledgements - while not one Democrat ever treated the behavior of the other party still in office, still serving, with even a tenth of the seriousness thrown at him.
Deleted because of harassment January 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Well, the pay-to-play ordinance was Jeanne's baby from the get-go, the Community Center a giant hole into which the BCIA was given a reason for existence, all three of them dumped on Daly Field while attacking and abandoning the residents of Radburn's call for a democratic and representative management in a barrage of attack ads. Meanwhile, the former Borough Attorney made a nice living after otherwise leaving office from running a litigation that was also dumped by the party. How much has all the police litigation cost the town without any action about it? And Swain complains about the new Borough Attorney making $25 an hour more than the former, in open session, just in an attempt to embarrass her "bipartisan" cohorts? Good for Ron that he shot her right down. She and Peluso have all the negotiating skills of a bull in a china shop, as we saw last night.

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