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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.


delgado January 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Governor Christie PLEDGED, no swore to us, he would oppose double dipping and now he is going to swear in a double dipping Republican Mayor while a Republican double dipping Trewinksi is standing right by as well as double dipping Donovan attends and the double dipping Republican Sheriff... This is an outrage!
* January 03, 2012 at 12:58 AM
NO DELGADO........Its Fair Lawn ..(. exposed)
Donvito January 03, 2012 at 12:58 AM
@Delgado: Sounds like a classic case of "Do as I say, not as I do"! Were you really expecting some integrity from these folks...our "elected officials"?
* January 03, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Like I said its Fair Lawn! The place has had mire managers than the Yankees of the 1970's ..
Avi Bloom January 03, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Fairlawn is now exposed to double dippers and is ground zero in the fight between double dippers Beratta/ Donovan and the Bergen County Chairman Bob Yudin. Yudin will win this fight
dn January 03, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Talk about 'ugh'. You people are a bunch of pathetic whiners. Waaa.
Janice January 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Baratta and Trewinski are NOT double dippers. No. 1 they're not holding two elected offices, and No. 2, they don't get paid for their Fair Lawn positions!!
Deleted because of harassment January 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
"Delgado" and "Avi" are talking to each other again from different sides of the same keyboard. Guess "Allison" doesn't have a Patch account yet.
Chris Antonelli January 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
OMG! It's an honor anytime a top sitting official offers to do something like this in your home town. Hey, if it were Obama swearing in a D, I'd still feel it's an honor. I don't agree with any of his polocies, but it's still the POTUS. Respect the office and show some pride.
* January 03, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Chris, Respect is earned and the Gov has lots of earning to do.
tacitus January 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
perhaps technically they are not, but the time spent as council members counts toward their time within the public employee pension system as does their paid county jobs
tacitus January 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
ask the council, they decided to keep the festivities up in the council chambers instead of relocating to a larger facility
Chris Antonelli January 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
That's your opinion.
Deleted because of harassment January 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
You have to have respect for the state you serve. Based upon the stereotypes he joked about to the people of Iowa this past week, and in other venues in the past as he stumps for his "Not Running" roadshow, he has none for the long-suffering people of the state. Really - mob jokes? That was old when Johnny Carson did it, forty years ago.
* January 03, 2012 at 10:58 PM
ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CORRECT DELETED! ...& chris its more the opinion of the majority tgan you realize
dn January 03, 2012 at 11:35 PM
No, it's not.
FL1985 January 03, 2012 at 11:42 PM
He's not coming...
ORION January 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I was at the council meeting and I as a Fair Lawn resident was disgusted at the attempt by councilman Peluso to make political jabs and partisan comments at a time when everyone else was being in the moment. He took an image of a nice young and fresh energy on the council and turns himself into a cocky, partisan and arrogant troublemaker who seemed to have no intent on WORKING together. It was truly a shame. He will not stand a chance acting in such a manner.
ORION January 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM
It was a room full of gasps when he took a jab at Governor Christie and in my opinion a total disrespect for not only the Governor but the other members and the entire room. It truly seemed that councilman Peluso and councilwoman Swain were disgruntled and bitter.
ORION January 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Also does anyone get that there is NO double dipping. Or do some people just like to insite bogus information and maniplulate the TRUTH. 1. Barrata and Trewinski hold ONE elected position, which they do not get paid for. The other is NOT an elected position. WHAT DON'T YOU GET????????
truthhurts January 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
What don't you get William? Here’s what New Jersey Policy Perspective says about what Trawinski and Baratta are doing. "Dual elected office holding turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg. Serious conflicts of interest and obligation, as well as threats to government performance and trustworthiness, arise not only when one person serves as both state legislator and mayor, or mayor and county freeholder. Those problems arise as well from a practice that—our research shows—is more pervasive but, except when a high-profile scandal breaks out, less visible.....the mischief possible when one official holds both an elected and non-elected position. The concerns raised by holding two or more elected and non- elected positions are at least as serious as those raised when one person holds two elective offices simultaneously.” What a bunch of disgusting behavior tonight by a group of hypocritical politicians who think it is their right to grease their palms however they see fit. Yuck.
delgado January 04, 2012 at 03:32 AM
who cares about Peluso, NOTHING compares about the Republican lie of running against DOUBLE DIPPING and then after winnig, becoming a souble dipper.
delgado January 04, 2012 at 03:39 AM
double dipper Barata reports to County Adminstrator Trewinski. That is a fact and it is wrong. A county resident could file a complaint against them at the NJ State Dept. of Community Affairs, but we all know Christie would bury it.... There is no way anyone can defend it. Worse is that Republican Chrisite PLEDGED to end this double dipping. Barata should and must resign. The arrogance is terrible. How could any Republican defend it. For instance she just voted on a apprisal firm tonight that also do work at the county government and she also can get donations from them!!! Barata must resign. period.
ORION January 04, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Can you show me or tell me where the election was for the other office????? Who elected them to the county positions????
Michael Agosta January 04, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Christie lost Bergen County and Fair Lawn in 2009. He will lose Bergen County and Fair Lawn in 2013.
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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