Some former mayors of major New Jersey towns are Cory Booker, Sharpe James, Douglas Harold Palmer and Thomas Gerard Dunn. Other former mayors include Meyer Ellenstein, Kenneth Gibson and Arthur John Holland.
Cory Booker was mayor of Newark from 2006 until 2013. He was a lawyer and Rhodes Scholar before his role in local government. He left the post after winning an open U.S. Senate seat.
Sharpe James was mayor of Newark from 1986 until 2006, which makes him the longest-serving mayor of the city as of 2015. He began his local political career in 1970. As mayor, he presided over a building boom, including the construction of the arena for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. James was later sentenced to 27 months in prison for fraud and corruption committed during his tenure.
Douglas Harold Palmer was mayor of Trenton from 1990 until 2010. He was one of the longest-serving mayors in Trenton's history, as well as the city's first African-American mayor. Palmer was nationally noted for his anti-gun, anti-crime and anti-drug activism, as well as presiding over Trenton's growing importance in transportation.
Thomas Gerard Dunn was mayor of Elizabeth from 1964 to 1992, which made him the country's longest-serving mayor of a city with more than 100,000 people.