O’Halloran Claims ‘Best’

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Former Councilman Joseph O’Halloran (left), who is challenging Mayor Garrett Smith (right) in Roselle’s Democratic primary on June 7, says that he’s the best candidate in the race.

ROSELLE — Former Councilman Joseph O’Halloran has stepped up his efforts to unseat incumbent Mayor Garrett Smith, who faces a serious fight for re-election in the June 7 Democratic primary election.

According to O’Halloran, the owner of an Irish goods store in Cranford that recently burned down, “I’m the best candidate in the race.”


“Just look at the resume,” said O’Halloran. “I have a master’s in administration.”

O’Halloran says that the incumbent does a poor job of maintaining order at Council meetings.

“Look, if I were to get in there, you would see well-run meetings. I would institute Robert’s Rules of Order,” said O’Halloran. “Right now, it’s a free for all.”

O’Halloran has aligned himself on the ballot with the ‘Democrats for Change’ slate, which is supporting Jerome Dunn for state Senate as well as two Elizabeth residents, former Councilman Tony Monteiro and Councilman Carlos Cendeno, for Assembly.

Smith, who is being supported by council candidates Rev. James Moore and Benjamin Muhhamed, defends his record by pointing to solid accomplishments around the town.

“I’m in this to win,” said O’Halloran, who noted that individuals are currently angry about their property taxes.

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