Novak to Get Barnegat Mayoral Reins in 2020

By Eric Englund | Dec 18, 2019

Barnegat, NJ — When Barnegat Township reorganizes on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., John Novak will be named mayor. Committeeman Pasquale Pipi will be named deputy mayor, the position currently held by Novak.

Novak served on the township committee for a year in 2007 and returned in 2015. He served as mayor in 2016.

“The main goal for this year is to get started on the new township hall and the police station,” he said. “I campaigned for a new police station when I was running in 2006. Police have been working for a long time in a very undersized facility. I can’t wait for the day when we can finally stick that shovel into the ground.”

Novak also emphasized “maintaining the public trust.”

“I strongly believe in being as transparent as possible,” he said. “I stressed that when I was mayor in 2016, and that’s not going to be any different now.”

Pipe, 68, was first elected to the all-Republican committee in 2018.

“I’m glad the committee has the faith in me to take on this new position,” he said.

Novak does not plan to seek re-election later this year, since he is running in the June primary to be the Republican candidate to face off against Democratic incumbent Andy Kim in the 3rd Congressional District.

“I feel it’s time for me to seek higher office,” he said. “I also want to thank Al (Alfonso Cirulli) for doing a great job as mayor for this year.” E.E.

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