Former New Jersey Republican official
shot dead in apparent murder-suicide
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[August 09, 2014]
(Reuters) - A former New Jersey
Republican official who once worked with Governor Chris Christie was
found dead along with her husband inside their home, officials said on
Friday, in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.
Police discovered the bodies of Joan Bramhall and her husband,
John, inside their Denville home on Thursday, but the Morris County
Prosecutor's Office declined to identify the victims until Friday.
An autopsy revealed that Joan Bramhall was shot to death and her
husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the prosecutor's
office said in a statement.
The statement did not say that John Bramhall shot his wife, though
it did say there was no evidence of any intruders in the home and
added that the community was not at risk.
The prosecutor's office could not be immediately reached to provide
further detail or clarification, and it said in the statement it
would not likely provide more information on Friday.
Bramhall was the former Morris County clerk and stepped down in 2013
after her 14th consecutive year in that position. She previously had
served as the chairwoman of the Morris County Republican Committee.
She was long a fixture in New Jersey politics, holding a five-year
post as a county freeholder alongside Christie in the 1990s.
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"We considered her a dear friend and we are terribly saddened by her
tragic passing," Christie tweeted on Friday.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in New York; Editing by Eric Beech)
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