Rita Romeu took the oath of office at a January Township Committee Meeting. Administering the oath of office was New Jersey State Assemblyman Herb Conaway.

A tie in the 2016 Chesterfield Township Committee Election left an empty seat on the board for less than a month, with Rita Romeu joining fellow newcomer Andrea Katz, who was sworn in back on January 2nd.

A decision by a judge to include 2 more votes from Chesterfield residents whose ballots did not originally count was all it took on January 25th to end the long-standing tie between Democratic Candidate Rita Romeu and Republican Ron Kolczynski.