Secaucus Mayor Gonnelli hospitalized after stroke, recovery timetable unclear


Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli was hospitalized last night after suffering a stroke, the town wrote on their website this morning, further stating that there is not currently a timetable for his recovery.

Photo via NJTV YouTube channel.
Photo via NJTV YouTube channel.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Last night the Mayor was admitted to the hospital and received treatment for a stroke. He is currently under doctors’ care. The doctors are continuing to provide expert treatment to facilitate his recovery,” the message on the Town of Secaucus website says.

“We are waiting for further updates on his condition and on his expected return. We do not have any information as to how long he will be in the hospital.”

Furthermore, the message says that the family has requested privacy during this difficult time, with the Town asking everyone to keep Gonnelli in their thoughts and prayers.

Anyone wishing to give a card or note to the mayor can drop it off at the mayor’s office at Town Hall and it will be delivered to him.

A former fire chief, Department of Public Works Superintendent and councilman, the lifelong Secaucus resident was elected mayor in 2009 and made headlines when he endorsed Gov. Chris Christie for re-election on July 31, 2013.

More recently, Gonnelli blasted the NFL for allegedly breaking two contracts related to Super Bowl XLVIII, which was held in East Rutherford, asking for the town to be reimbursed $25,000 for expenses related to the big game (h/t The Record).