Jackson Councilman Martin Flemming Refuses To Concede Mayoral Election

Jackson Township Mayoral candidate Martin Flemming is refusing to concede his race against incumbent mayor Michael Reina despite trailing Reina by 6.5 percentage points, with 99% of ballots already counted.

According to unofficial results from the Ocean County Clerk, Flemming, who is also the Council President, trails Reina 1,150 votes, or 53.01% to 46.54%.

Although vote-by-mail ballots are allowed to be received and counted in New Jersey for six days after election day, there are not enough outstanding ballots, even if they all went for Flemming, for him to be able to catch Reina.

All vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8PM on Election Day can still be counted as long as they are delivered to county election boards by Monday at 5pm.

Reached for comment this morning, Mayor Reina confirmed to TLS he has not heard from his opponent since the election.

“Neither my team nor I have received anything from our opponents as of this time,” he said.

Reina has served as mayor of Jackson Township since he was first appointed in 2008, winning a special election in 2009, followed by re-election in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

Flemming, who previously served on the Planning Board, was appointed to the council in November 2020 after former councilman Rob Nixon resigned.

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  1. No legal difference, just in terms of how you perceive him.

    We tend to be anti-Biden so it makes us feel good to say the election was stolen. But we like Reina so his election must have been clean.


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