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North Brunswick appoints new councilman

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NORTH BRUNSWICK – With the transfer of Claribel Cortes from councilwoman to Middlesex County surrogate, Rajesh Mehta was appointed to fill the remainder of her term in North Brunswick.

Cortes was a member of the North Brunswick Board of Education, but joined the North Brunswick Township Council in March 2020 after the passing of longtime Councilman Robert Corbin.

After completing his unexpired term, she ran for re-election in November and was elected to serve her own three-year term.

With her swearing in as surrogate last month, the North Brunswick Democratic Organization was able to submit three names to the governing body for consideration, since Cortes is a Democrat, according to the Municipal Vacancy Law, township attorney Ronald Gordon said during the April 5 Township Council meeting.

Mehta was sworn in during the meeting, having been chosen over Ann Rosenzweig and Connie Adamo.

“I’m very excited to work with an excellent mayor and excellent councilmen who I know for a long time,” Mehta said after his administration of oath.

He has been a longtime committeeman, moving to North Brunswick in 1999.

“This town is one of the best towns in the county,” Mehta said, saying he will do whatever he can do help the community.

Mehta’s name will appear on the June 8 ballot since the unexpired term will be up for election in November.

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