This Day In History: 1959-03-05
The Mahwah Democratic Party nominated Tax Assessor Joseph B. Krupinski and Francis J. Nugget as their candidates for Township Committee in the November election. The Republican Party meeting scheduled for March 10th was cancelled when it became known that incumbents Mayor Morris E. Ruddick and Bruce E. Sockman would seek reelection. In order for the Republicans to retain their majority on the Committee both candidates would have to win. Nugent was a native of Jersey City. He served overseas for three years and was wounded twice. His wife also saw wartime service as a nurse. Nugent was a reserve officer, a member of the VFW and Knights of Columbus, Cub Master of 255 and a member of the Troop Committee of Troop 255. Krupinski had been twice elected Assessor but had failed in two previous bids for election to the Committee. Mayor Ruddick was the first elected Mayor after the reorganization. He was running for his second term. Sockman was running for his third.