Every year immediately after the Hillsborough Township Reorganization Meeting, there is a rash of online postings about how the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor have obviously been chosen ahead of time so why bother with the little play where they accept nominations and the committee members "vote" at the meeting?
Additionally, this year there were more than a few discussions about whether the Deputy Mayor would become Mayor.
Most use the completed plaques as proof of these decisions being made ahead of time. Jokes are common about the presence of a little engraver waiting in the back room to prepare the plaques as soon as the "vote" is completed:
Then there is this year's pre-printed List of Township Committee Assignments & Liaison Assignments that clearly showed "Deputy Mayor DelCore's" assignments.
But the most telling evidence of the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor being chosen ahead of time is the cakes served at the reception following the meeting:
Anyone who has ever planned a party knows you have to order those ahead of time. Unless Mike was waiting in the back room with a tube of icing ready to personalize each cake...