TINTON FALLS, N.J. – A 93-year-old World War II veteran scored one of the biggest upsets of the day in Tuesday’s election, defeating an incumbent mayor in New Jersey
Vito Perillo, who served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, got 53% of the vote compared with incumbent Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald M. Turning’s 46%. The margin was 2,449 to 2,146.
Perillo said he wore out two pairs of shoes going door to door for his campaign. His hard work paid off.
The results are unofficial from the Monmouth County Board of Elections.
"I wanted to run because I was upset with some of the things this administration is doing," Perillo said.
The issue that brought Perillo to run for mayor was a pair of whistleblower lawsuits involving the police department that cost the borough a reported $1.1 million in settlements.
Turning, 63, was the borough police chief from 2004 to 2011, part of his 30-year career in the police department. He was also the borough administrator from 2010 to 2014.
He ran unopposed for mayor in 2014 and was seeking his second term.
Perillo will be 97 at the end of his term.
The elections are nonpartisan.
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