Berkeley Heights Puts Secession Question On November Ballot

BERKELEY HEIGHTS – Voters in November’s general election will be asked if Berkeley Heights should secede from Union County to join Morris County, according to an report.

According to Mayor Joseph Bruno, township taxpayers would save about $7 million per year if Berkeley Heights were part of Morris County.

If voters say yes to secession, both houses of the state Legislature would also need to approve the move by a two-thirds vote and Gov. Chris Christie would also have to agree before the county maps could be redrawn.

Officials would also have to settle ownership questions of county parks, roads and other facilities, such as Runnells Specialized Hospital, that are within the township.

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