Saturday, August 9, 2014
"DENVILLE, NJ — A retired New Jersey elected official who once served alongside Gov. Chris Christie was killed by her husband in their North Jersey home Thursday before he turned the gun on himself, authorities said.
"The body of former Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall, who over the course of the 50-year career held several elected offices, was found by police near her husband’s corpse, according to the Star Ledger.
"The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday that Bramhall was shot by her husband, John, on Thursday morning and then shot himself.
"The Prosecutor’s office said Denville Police responded to a call from a family member who found the deceased couple in the home.
"Several officials confirmed to the Daily Record that it was the couple, both of whom were in their 70s, that police found inside.
"John Bramhall was a construction developer who built many of the homes in the area, the Daily Record reported.
"Joan Bramhall retired as county clerk in December 2013, opting not to run for a fourth term after 15 years on the job, according to the Star Ledger. She chaired the Morris County Republican Committee from 1988 to 1994, and served on the county legislature from 1993 to 1998—alongside Christie, who later became a U.S. attorney and then governor of the state.
"A staffer at the Republican Committee could not confirm, nor comment on Bramhall’s reported death."