Princeton voters unite township, borough

New Jersey has 566 separate municipalities. Following the results of Tuesday’s voting, it will soon have 565.

After several failed attempts, residents of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough voted in favor of merging the towns.

Township Mayor Chad Goerner said the Princetons decided to be a trailblazer for consolidation.

“What we have done, hopefully, will serve as a template for some other towns in the state,” Goerner said. “I think we also need the Legislature and the governor to get behind more of these mergers and to facilitate easier ways to get it done.”

A transition team will be formed to work out the details of the merger. In the meantime, the township and the borough will continue to operate separate governments for a year.

Voters will election officials for the combined Princeton next November, and the consolidation will take effect in January 2013.

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