Who's Jefferson's Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named President Obama their person of the year for the second time. Tell us who you think should win from our town!

On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Obama their Person of the Year, again!

The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008.

But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Jefferson’s Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

Tell us your pick in the comment section below!

Johnny December 24, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Other than being the first half black president remind me exactly what great thing HE did???
susan sacino December 24, 2012 at 02:07 PM
our mayor russ felter and ed mangold our director of the office of emergency management.
Frank M December 24, 2012 at 02:36 PM
More Debt! More Deficit! More Entitlements! More Borrowing against young Americans futures! More lack of transparency! Isn't that enough?
sue hankinson December 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Mrs. Koontz -Middle School history teacher and so much more to this town and it's students. She's the teacher that goes above and beyond - she's every where you go, monitoring high school games, running camp jefferson in the summer and she knows all her past and present students because she goe above and beyond and truly cares.
Legsverdi December 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This is easy.Ron Smith, the new president of our board of education. More than anyone he has brought a sense of organization and calm to our schools. He provides common sense for the spending of our tax dollars.
TerryZ December 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Chris Pierson, suffered a spinal cord injury april 2012 and prognosis was bad, but because of his faith and dedication, and determination he is able to walk with the use of just a cane 8 months later
Johnny December 26, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Ray Fernandez of bridge Marina, Ray after single handedly reinventing his dad’s (Joe) marina into a professionally run, first in the state clean fresh water marina. Ray has also inserted himself in the overseeing and concerns related to the Lake Hopatcong Commission an organization established to insure the best interests of Lake Hopatcong and its community… Vote Ray Fernandez
Dawn James December 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
There is a man who played piano at the town set up shelter based at the senior center throughout the entire storm recovery in November. I understands he also plays at the coffee shop in the strip center next to TJ's Gulf. He played piano for days and even shared music trivia with everyone. He was happy and brought smiles to faces of residents who were without power and water for over two weeks. He had such a contagious attitude....if everyone in Jefferson were like him...no one would ever stop smiling.
Cheryl Nowatkowski December 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
How about Rich Tuttle and the entire water department for making sure all of Jefferson had clean, fresh water at all times during Super Storm Sandy even when the power was out.
Michael December 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I nominate Harold Liberatore, he was State Commander for the American Legion and dedicated the entire year to helping veterans and raised over $100k for a Reflective Garden at Lyons VA hospital for soldiers with mental illness such as PTSD. He volunteered all his time for the entire year to the position, traveling all over the state and country for his duties which included things like helping to furnish a home for homeless veterans and much, much more. He worked so hard that on the last week of his term he suffered a heart attack and his heart stopped and was in a coma for over a week and not expected to recover, but he has made a miraculous full recovery. Even while recovering he also help run a county golf tournament which raised money for the ARC of Morris County a program dear to his heart since he raised and cares for a handicap son. He has run this volunteer golf tournament for the Morris County Legion for over 20 years in a row, which he started when he was Morris County Commander for the American Legion in 1990. He was honored for his work by the Governor, Congressman Frelinghuysen, the Mayor and City Council. References: http://jefferson.patch.com/articles/jefferson-man-honored-for-american-legion-service and http://jefferson.patch.com/articles/memorial-day-da4a9e8d Old site but has some info: http://www.haroldliberatore.com/
Jen January 02, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Mayor Russ Felter gets my vote too. I spoke o a lot of folks from other towns who's Mayors fled the state and or disappeared during and after Sandy. Mayor Felter showed strong leadership and compassion for his fellow Jeffersonians before and after the storm.
Michael January 04, 2013 at 07:45 AM
I forgot to mention that during hurricaine sandy when Lincoln Park still had no power after 2 weeks Harold setup a dinner for all the families without power at the American Legion and fed the power workers from all over the country and first responders. He worked all day for free to give them a warm meal under generator power. Over 200 people were fed. This was just a couple months after recovering from his near fatal heart attack.


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