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Donald Cresitello

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Donald Cresitello
Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey
In office
2006 – January 1, 2010
Succeeded byTim Dougherty
In office
Preceded byDavid Manahan
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic Party

Donald Cresitello was the Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey. He was elected on different occasions.[1]


He has been active in reducing the presence of illegal immigrants in Morristown.[2] He has attempted to have his police officers deputized as immigration officers. He has asked federal authorities to assist local police in cracking down on illegal immigration in the town and employers that hire illegal immigrants. He wrote a letter to then-United States attorney Chris Christie in this effort.[3] In 2007, a rally at which he spoke saw violence and arrests.[4]

His attempt to have local law enforcement officials coordinate with federal authorities is consistent with Section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.[5][6][7][8]

Political career[edit]

In 1982 he sought the Demcratic nomination for the United States Senator from New Jersey but withdrew from the race.[9] In 1997 he switched to the Republican party but lost the mayoral primary to Jay Delaney and then went on to win the Morristown mayoral election against Scott Whitenack in 2005. On March 28, 2008 it was announced that he would again face U.S. Senator Lautenberg in the Democratic primary. On April 8, he announced an official run for the Senate against Frank Lautenberg,[10] which he subsequently lost, receiving only 10% of the vote.[11]

On June 2, 2009 Cresitello lost a Democratic primary challenge from Morristown's zoning board chairman Tim Dougherty.[12]


  1. "A Candidate the Graveyard Vote Won't Help". The New York Times. October 13, 1995.
  2. "Opinion | Morristown's Incendiary Mayor". The New York Times. April 8, 2007.
  3. Koloff, Abbott "Details of Cresitello letter revealed"[permanent dead link], Daily Record (Morristown), August 24, 2007.
  4. Ramirez, Anthony (July 29, 2007). "Unrest and Arrests at Immigration Rally". The New York Times.
  5. "Partners: Law Enforcement," "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement" 1996
  6. Carafano, James Jay. "Section 287(g) Is the Right Answer for State and Local Immigration Enforcement" Archived 2007-08-08 at the Wayback Machine, Heritage Foundation, March 2, 2006.
  7. Mac Donald, Heather. "ICE, ICE Baby: Orange County provides the Bush administration with a significant enforcement opportunity" Archived August 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, National Review online, August 7, 2006.
  8. Coyne, Kevin (26 March 2009). "Few Signs of Spring for Day Laborers". The New York Times.
  9. "THE REGION; Cresitello Quits Jersey Senate Race".
  10. "New Jersey Politics | NJ Politics". Observer.
  11. Snowflack, Fred (2008-06-04). "Good omen wasn't enough for 'Jersey Joe'". Daily Record (Morristown). Archived from the original on 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2008-06-04. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Drobness, Tanya "Mayor Cresitello loses Democratic primary in Morristown" The Star-Ledger June 02, 2009

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