CAPE MAY POINT — Mayor George “Skip” Stanger Jr. has resigned from office for health reasons and will be replaced at the next Borough Commission meeting.

Stanger, 71, of Alexander Avenue, who said he has serious back issues, has already had back surgery once and does not want to have it again.

“It just got to be too much. I had to make a choice between my job and my health and I chose my health,” Stanger said Tuesday.

Stanger was elected to a four-year term in May 2012 and then chosen by his fellow commissioners, Deputy Mayor Anita Van Heeswyk and Commissioner Robert Moffatt, to serve as mayor.

Van Heeswyk is serving as acting mayor effective immediately. The commission’s next meeting is Oct. 10, at which time Van Heeswyk and Moffatt will appoint somebody to the seat pending an election that may not take place until next year since it is too late to get on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election.

Richard Degener

“I’m very sad to see Mayor Stanger step down. He did an excellent job for the borough of Cape May Point,” said Van Heeswyk.

Stanger, a retired New Jersey Superior Court judge, owns a farm in Stow Creek Township, Cumberland County, and said the driving back and forth hurt his back.

Stanger said Cape May Point “is in good hands” with Moffatt and Van Heeswyk in office. Stanger said he sent emails out to residents and took one reply that the commission has not worked so well together in years as “a grand compliment.”

“The three of us made an effective governing team. We changed the culture of government at Cape May Point by our ability to work together and talk the issues through,” Stanger said.

Officials are still researching the statutes to see when an election will be held. When Stanger won the seat, as the top vote-getter in the May 2012 election, his term expired in May 2016. The commission decided to move to November elections so the seat was not set to be contested until the November 2016 election. Van Heeswyk said an election will be held sooner than that.

“An interim appointment will be made on Oct. 10 and an election will follow,” Van Heeswyk said.

Stanger had previously served as head of the local Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Contact Richard Degener:

609-463-6711

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.