MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of the honorable Mayor, Gerald W. Tamburro. Mayor Tamburro passed away surrounded by his family.
Always service-oriented and loyal to his community, Tamburro was elected as second-ward councilman in November 2001. He went on to serve as Township Council President for eight years before being elected Mayor in 2015. He was a tireless and passionate advocate for Monroe Township residents and served the township with love and pride.
A National Guard veteran, Mayor Tamburro valued and honored all veterans and made it a point to personally meet each Monroe veteran when possible.
In both his public and private life, he was an extraordinary family-man, mentor and leader. Monroe Township administration and all staff members express their deepest condolences to the Tamburro family.
State Law provides that the current Council President, Miriam Cohen, assumes the role of Acting Mayor during the process of filling the vacancy in the office of the Mayor. Over the course of the next 30 days the Township Council will complete the process of appointing an interim Mayor to serve until a special election to be held in November of 2021.
Statement by Governor Murphy on the Passing of Monroe Mayor Gerald Tamburro
“Mayor Gerald Tamburro was an example of the right person going into public service for the right reasons. Instead of spending his retirement from the private sector in quiet pursuits, Jerry dedicated his last two decades to the people of Monroe, his adopted hometown, which responded by electing him to township council and twice as their mayor.
Jerry’s legacy of service will be his tireless work to protect Monroe’s taxpayers and their quality of life, and the pride he took in never having let a developer pull a fast one against the township.
More than anything, however, Jerry was a friend to many and a loving family man. He lost his wife of 60 years, Carole, last year and I take some solace in knowing he and Carole are now reunited. He was a good and unwavering personal friend, even in those early days when he didn’t have to be, and his support was always truly meaningful. Tammy and I send our most heartfelt condolences to his and Carole’s six children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro
Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro was elected in November 2015 and sworn-in as the Township’s new Mayor on January 1, 2016 for a term of four years. Tamburro resides in Greenbriar at Whittingham with his wife Carole with whom he shares six children and nine grandchildren.
A retired banker, he served as vice president of commercial lending for the National State Bank of Elizabeth and as president of a community bank in New Jersey. Tamburro earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Prior to taking on the duties of Mayor, Tamburro had been elected in November 2001 as the second ward Council representative, serving as council president for eight years. He is currently a member of the Monroe Township Planning Board and previously served as chairman of the Affordable Housing Board, chairman of the Master Plan Review Committee, Council representative to the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee, vice chairman of the Middlesex County Planning Board and a member New Jersey Training School Citizens Review Committee.
LAKEHURST, NJ (0CEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Lakehurst Police Department, and Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted a collaborative investigation into the distribution of heroin and cocaine in the Ocean County area. This cooperative, multi-agency investigation ultimately identified a room at the Travel Inn and Suites in Lakehurst, New Jersey, as being utilized by three individuals to store and distribute quantities of heroin and cocaine.
On December 29, 2020, Detectives observed the subject individuals exit the motel room in question and enter a vehicle. A motor vehicle stop was conducted by the Lakehurst Police Department, and all three individuals were placed under arrest for possessing quantities of heroin and cocaine. Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Lakehurst Police Department executed a court-authorized search warrant on the motel room. As a result, Detectives seized approximately five bricks of heroin, a small quantity of marijuana, and a large 9mm capacity 50 round drum style magazine with hollow point bullets. Arrested were:
Prosecutor Billhimer commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Unit, Lakehurst Police Department Detective Bureau, Lakehurst Police Department Patrol Division, Manchester Township Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Manchester Township Police Department K-9 Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation.
The press and public are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Dennis Symons Jr., CPP., M. Photog., (PPA Certified Professional Photographer and Master Photographer) reviewed how angles and lens techniques were used to distort overcrowding stories used nationally.
Veterans saved the tradition organizing flags to be placed at BG Doyle Veterans Cemetery the event was originally canceled by Governor Murphy’s lock down orders but veterans groups saved the tradition.
A little over a 1,000 people turned out at a rally in Point Pleasant, NJ to protest Governor Murphy’s lock down orders.
May 31, 2020
MidJersey.news was in Trenton covering the Black Lives Matter protest at the State House and was also there when the protest turned violent around dark with looting, burning and violence in the City of Trenton.
MidJersey.news reported that an tragic early morning accident involving a horse transport truck ran off the roadway and caught fire killing 10 horses en route from Florida to NY on the NJ Turnpike. This unfortunate National story was also picked up by the NY Times and NY Post and shared Internationally.
A New Jersey State Trooper is lucky to be alive after a dump truck crashed a traffic scene on the NJ Turnpike, hit is police vehicle and a Porsche. The trooper, driver of the dump truck, and the driver of a Porsche all sustained moderate injuries and were transported to an area hospital. There were no other occupants in the three vehicles. The inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours.
On September 6, 2020 MidJersey.news reported that the NJ Turnpike Authority removed American Flags on bridges and installed metal signs stating “Placement of signage or items of any nature on this structure is strictly prohibited.” A peaceful protest was held in Sewaren, Woodbridge Township, NJ protesting the removal of American Flags from bridges on the New Jersey Turnpike.Governor Murphy directed the Turnpike Authority to stop removing the flags and the Robbinsville Police PBA #344 rehung the flags on area bridges on September 11, 2020
All 9 Hamilton Township Fire Districts were dissolved and consolidated under Hamilton Township and as of January 1, 2021 the departments will be administered by Hamilton Township. The department will be known as the Division of Fire, Hamilton Township, more commonly known as the Hamilton Township Fire Department.