John Januszewski, who lost to Francis Fitzpatrick in ’62 Bayonne runoff, dies at 91

Former Bayonne City Commissioner John Januszewski passed away on Thursday at the age of 91. Januszewski was elected City Commissioner in 1959 and ran for Mayor of Bayonne in 1962. He made it to a runoff, but lost by 2,755 votes, 55%-45% to Francis Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick was famous as the leader of a reform movement in Hudson County that helped topple a pair of legendary political bosses and Jersey City Mayors, Frank Hague and John V. Kenny. He served as a Hudson County Freeholder from 1945 to 1951, and Bayonne City Commissioner from 1959 to 1962. In his runoff victory against Januszewski, he carried in all five of his City Commissioner running mates, including future Mayor Dennis Collins and future Assembly Speaker and Congressman Joseph LeFante.

He served as Mayor for twelve years, and as an ally of Paul Jordan, who was elected Mayor of Jersey City in 1971, Fitzpatrick became the Hudson County Democratic Chairman. He later had a falling out with Jordan, and Governor Brendan Byrne helped settle the fight by appointing Fitzpatrick as Chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in 1975. He held that post until 1984, and died in 1992 at age 89.

John Januszewski, who lost to Francis Fitzpatrick in ’62 Bayonne runoff, dies at 91