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Chiacchio Elected Mayor, Praised As 'Fantastic Leader'

Chris Chiacchio takes over for Stacey Jordan, the new deputy mayor, who stepped down at Monday's reorganization meeting.

Chris Chiacchio takes over for Stacey Jordan, the new deputy mayor, who stepped down at Monday's reorganization meeting. Credit: Ivrie Myhre
Chris Chiacchio takes over for Stacey Jordan, the new deputy mayor, who stepped down at Monday's reorganization meeting. Credit: Ivrie Myhre

In the final year of his first term on council, Chris Chiacchio was elected mayor of Moorestown Monday.

Chiacchio, who was elected unanimously at Monday's reorganization meeting, assumed the role after Stacey Jordan—the township’s first-ever female mayor—stepped down. Former running mates Chiacchio and Jordan were elected to council in November 2010. Chiacchio served as deputy mayor in 2013.

“I am grateful to my fellow council members for electing me,” Chiacchio stated in a release. “Moorestown is a wonderful place to live and work, but we have many challenges left to tackle. I am ready and excited to lead our town over the next 12 months, and will serve in this capacity with passion, energy and dedication.”

Jordan, who was elected as deputy mayor, called the end of her tenure as mayor “bittersweet,” but said Moorestown was in “great hands with Chris at the helm.”

Chiacchio’s fellow Republicans on council also praised him in a release submitted by the party. Councilman Phil Garwood said the new mayor brings “a depth of public and personal experience to the mayorship. Chris has the desire and drive to keep Moorestown the kind of place where working moms and dads can raise their kids, where small businesses can grow, and where the spirit of community can flourish.”

And Councilwoman Victoria Napolitano called Chiacchio a “fantastic leader for all citizens,” and said she is “eager to roll up my sleeves to continue working on the big things with him over the next 12 months.”

Bella Pelosi January 07, 2014 at 02:47 PM
The words fit! Sue me. And if Greg wants to respond to his lack of leadership, he is a grown up and can. I encourage him to. Now on the issues, wouldn't we have saved more by not building a town hall for management than the costs associated with the fine men who pick up your crap weekly? You can't selectively pick things that make taxes increase for 20,000 people and forget the single biggest expense in our history can you?
Steve McKerney January 07, 2014 at 03:09 PM
If I am not mistaken, the Chairman of the Moorestown Democrats was the former Mayor of Gloucester City? When he was Mayor he was pulled over for some minor traffic offense that carried a fine of $40.00 or so. He came up with some wild conspiracy theory that the cops were targeting him. Instead of just paying the fine and moving on he started bombarding the Gloucester PD with open public records requests. The whole thing ended up in State Court. It ultimately cost the taxpayers of Gloucester City hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. All over a $40.00 ticket!! What a disgrace.
NObama January 07, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Good lord, and to think, the Dems wonder why they've been cast into the political wilderness in Moorestown! Look at the spokesmen they have! All vitriol, all rhetoric, no ideas! At least I can believe that, in spite of some of his bad ideas, Newcomer cares more about the town than he does about trying to score cheap political points against anyone with an (R) next to their name. I look forward to helping whoop whatever paper tigers you guys put in front of the electorate against Mayor Chiacchio and Deputy Mayor Jordan!
NObama January 07, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Also, Bella, I have a mailer from Newcomer, Sattinger, and Hines complaining that there was no Town Hall built as of 2012. Were they wrong to want a Town Hall too? Let me know if you'd like a copy, I'd be happy to mail it off to you
Edmond George January 07, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Stacy stepping down was one of the best pieces of news in this town since the liquor referendum passed. I would note she opposed the liquor referendum in the past - but didn't hesitate along with her cronies to take credit for it - AND waste half of the revenues in one year. That's right - over 2MM spent so the administration could crow about not raising taxes. Just like the Miller days!!! Remember them? The town and its infrastructure fell in disrepair - but its ok taxes didn't go up. This after every person recommended saving it for a rainy day. As mayor she removed active EDAC members, some of whom served 8 years without missing more than one or two meetings - only to appoint herself. She missed almost all of the meetings with excuses and no shows!!! As I understand she missed six in a row. All of the EDAC members resigned because of her grandstanding and lack of vision. EDAC was once non-partisan. In fact we got the most work done through Button and Gallo!!!!! Under these gentlemen's leadership we got the town hall issues resolved, paid for a parking study (with no tax moneys) and design for second street (which now lies stagnant and in limbo). EDAC did great things with parties working across the aisle for the common good. Now EDAC is just a bunch of politicos with no real ideas. That's the real Stacy and the real local GOP. Quit picking on the D's and actually do something positive in town - besides being derisive. Stop claiming you'll "whoop" people - it’s sophomoric and juvenile.
Bella Pelosi January 07, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Ask a simple question and get a download on someone's personal life NoBama? Have the courage to answer the question instead of attacking people on things of irrelevance. The topics are leadership and accomplishments. What did the council initiate in 2013 that made it such a success? How difficult can it be unless there is nothing.
This Is Our Town January 07, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Hey Edmond - Greg Gallo was appointed to EDAC last night. I thought things were great under him according to you... So isn't this positive news?
Bella Pelosi January 07, 2014 at 05:06 PM
You defend the current Mayor and Dep Mayor by highlighting they have recycled the prior Dep Mayor to EDAC for 2014? I thought we were discussing 2013's (lack of) accomplishments. It is a very simple question. Please list what this council accomplished in 2013 that was of their doing?
Steve McKerney January 07, 2014 at 05:41 PM
It is a simple question Bella; what does it say about the Moorestown Democrats when their leader chose to pursue a personal vendetta against the Gluco Police at the expense of the tax payers?
Bella Pelosi January 07, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Mr. McKerney, if you want to discuss what goes on in other towns, it is your 1st Amendment right. People sue their towns all the time from both sides of the aisle. I am asking what the Moorestown council did in 2013 that warrants such great recognition? If you can't answer, just admit as much.
Steve McKerney January 07, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Bella, drive down Main St now and in the upcoming months; go to Virtua and work out; go eat and see a movie at the Mall; look at your tax bill over the past few years and compare the increases compared to other towns in the county; take in a game at WB North. Now, how come you didn't just pay the ticket?
John J January 07, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Edmond George Well Spoken Facts !
John J January 07, 2014 at 07:01 PM
I am unsure ,but this conversation is lost. This should be about our town & our current issues & concerns with the future. We all have issues throughout life. It is all our right to have different options. My main concern is we as residents are making the same mistakes as the school board. Placing people in office that are not fairly chosen. Is it too CRAZY a thought to give the public / tax payers the opportunity to Vote for their choice of Mayor & City council separately ???
Bella Pelosi January 07, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Mr. McKerney, as I have asked, what initiatives did they launch in 2013. Virtua is nice but it started in 2010. Same for the mall and movie theater and ball fields. Are they taking credit for those things? You have only validated my suspicions by highlighting things that were initiated long before 2013. Thank you for that. And thank you for reminding me my taxes went up too even with the liquor money being all used up.
Bob Gorman January 07, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Personally, I like the Council Manager form of government. However, there are various options available under this form of government. One of the options is to give the voters the right to ELECT the Mayor. Mayor and Council can vote to let the citizens vote on this issue in November. If voters approve the change then they will be able to ELECT Mayors in the future. If voters, vote down the question, Councilmembers will be allowed to APPOINT the Mayor. I am all for letting the voters have a say. Hopefully, our governing body will put this question to the voters.
kristen babcock January 07, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Trunks and Tusks, it's been too long :) Hope you had a great holiday. Question, why do we not elect our Mayor like most towns do? Why do we reorganize?
Bella Pelosi January 07, 2014 at 11:36 PM
I don't care either way but what is the harm in asking the voters if they want to pick the Mayor? Might provide a greater level of transparency which is missing right now.
Anne Smith January 08, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Many towns in our area follow the same format with rotating mayors - Mt Laurel, Cinnaminson, Voorhees, Medford, Mt Holly, Lumberton, Hainesport.... It's how it's done. You vote members in, they select the Mayor. Don't we therefore decide we collectively trust any of those we elect to become our mayor? And wouldn't adding a mayoral race mean we'd have to change how many elections we have and how frequently they occur? Personally, I'm fine with our little town only having one local race every two years!
kristen babcock January 08, 2014 at 07:16 AM
When you elect council people, you are voting them in hoping for a good result. Sometimes you don't get that, even when you voted for that specific person(s). Maybe you no longer think that person if qualified after seeing them in action. Having the ability to vote again keeps the power in the citizens hands, that's all. I know many towns that do it this way.
SteveS January 08, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Happy New Year Kristen, You're right, if you think the person is no longer qualified after seeing them in action; you vote them out when their term is done. That may be the reason 2008 went the way it did. On another note, Kirsten, I ask, you to use your influence in your party to get people out to the Victoria Palko Blood Drive on January 20th. It's a good cause we can all agree on.
kristen babcock January 08, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Sure Steve S. I'd be more than happy to tell "my party" all about the blood drive. Can I tell your party too or am I restricted to only "my party"? How about you post the details and I'll put it on my business facebook page as well. I'm always behind helping out a good cause, just ask my accountant :)
Red Alert January 08, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Sounds to me like the Democrats in town are looking to change the system of government for a reason. My guess? They aren't thrilled with Mr. Newcomer (especially after this week's reorganization, where he voted yes to make Chris Chiacchio the new mayor and then voted to retain the Township Solicitor, among other appointments). But they truly believe they have a shot at winning in Moorestown. This leaves the following dilemma: if the Democrats can win, and manage to defeat Chris Chiacchio & Stacey Jordan (which, as a sidebar, would appear unlikely during the mid-term election given the President's plummeting approval ratings coupled with Moorestown's general Republican tendencies), then they will take the majority. If not in 2014, they are looking ahead to 2016, where they hope a year with Hillary Clinton on the top will lead to a Democrat win for all of their candidates (unless Chris Christie is on the ballot in the place of the less palatable candidates for Moorestown like Rand Paul). In either of these scenarios, Greg Newcomer, as the most senior Democrat, would become the the new mayor, which just isn't something the establishment Democrats would want given his insufferable independent streak and less than solid backbone. So their solution? Push hard over the course of 2014 to make the mayorship elected directly, give the Democrat nomination to someone who is not Greg Newcomer, and avoid the dilemma of either making Greg Newcomer the mayor (or watching as Democrats take the majority, but Newcomer votes to make a Republican like Stacey Jordan the deputy mayor while he is elected by the Republicans as mayor). Just a guess.
SteveS January 08, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Sorry Kristen, I meant no offense with the "your party" comment. Here's the info: There is a blood drive on January 20 at the community house in Moorestown, sponsored by the Red Cross and Interact. You can register by contacting Mr Hurley at thurley@mtps.com or by going to http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation Please blast it and if you want to donate a few of the best pizza's in town, that would be nice too (but certainly not necessary). More info should be up on https://www.facebook.com/MoorestownRepublicans shortly.
Bella Pelosi January 08, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Red Alert - how did you fair last fall in NJ elections? Is there a new Republican Senator from NJ? Did Repubs win any seats in Trenton? I don't think this is about Greg Newcomer or anyone else. I'm not sure what is R or D about allowing the voters to select the mayor directly. Why are you afraid to let people vote on the mayor? If they say no, end of story and you can claim victory.
kristen babcock January 08, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Well Steve S., flattery gets you everywhere. Count us in for ten large pies, just let me know when to have them delivered.
SteveS January 08, 2014 at 10:09 AM
@KB You're awesome as is your pizza! Neighbors, Kristen has just given you another great reason to come and donate a pint or two on January 20 at the Community House and enjoy a slice of Wing King's best!
Red Alert January 08, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Bella, I am more than happy to report on how Republicans fared in Moorestown. Chris Christie received 67% of the vote for Governor here in town; Diane Allen received 71% for Senate; Anthony Ogozalek and Jeff Banasz got 29% of the vote each compared to the 21% for each of the Democrats for Assembly; Jean Stanfield received 64% of the vote for Sheriff; Tim Tyler got 62% for County Clerk; and Joe Donnelly earned 65% for Freeholder. So to answer your question, Moorestown sent a pretty clear message that they wanted Republicans to lead on all levels back in November. Just like they said they wanted Stacey, Chris, Phil, Victoria, and Greg to be their Councilmembers, and wanted one of the 4 Republicans to be their mayor by returning them to power with a functioning majority.
kristen babcock January 08, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Thank you Steve S., I am more than happy to help. My heart goes out to their family, Having three daughters of my own I could not imagine the immense stress they are going through right now. I'm sure many more people in town would be thrilled to donate something to this cause as well.
Bella Pelosi January 08, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Moorestown elected Barack Obama twice and Cory Booker last fall. What does this mean?
Red Alert January 08, 2014 at 11:26 AM
That the State and National GOP need to find better candidates than loons like Lonegan or robots like Romney.

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