PATERSON – The siren’s voice of Donna Summer projects through speakers here in the Silk City in a fast-filling plaza in front of City Hall where soon Mayor-elect Jose “Joey” Torres will assume the oath of office.
Gov. Chris Christie will swear in Torres, who served from 2002-2010, lost to Jeff Jones, then in May defeated incumbent Jones and a field of six other contenders.
Torres won with a big grassroots push, accompanied by the financial backing of Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore.
Gilmore just arrived, quickly gaining access to the VIP section and receiving an escort into City Hall.