After 40 years, a possible retirement

Elton Conda, the 84-year-old Burlington County Surrogate, is leaning against seeking re-election to the job he has held since 1966. Conda has slowed down in recent years — he works mornings and takes a nap on his office sofa — and may be the only New Jersey elected official who actually lives in a nursing home; he is a resident of the Masonic Home of New Jersey, a long-term care facility in Burlington. The leading candidate to replace him is Freeholder Vincent Farias, who has been not-so-subtly eyeing the job for the last few years. If he does run, Conda is probably a safe bet for re-election: Democrats would be hesitant to criticize an officeholder’s age two years before Frank Lautenberg seeks re-election.

After 40 years, a possible retirement