TINTON FALLS – World War II veteran Vito Perillo scored one of the biggest election upsets of the day, defeating incumbent Mayor Gerald M. Turning.
The 93-year-old, who served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater, got 53 percent of the vote compared to Turning’s 46 percent. The margin was 2,449 to 2,146.
Perillo said he wore out two pairs of shoes going door to door for his campaign. His hard work paid off. 
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“I wanted to run because I was upset with some of the things this administration is doing,” said Perillo.
The issue that brought Perillo to run for mayor was a pair of whistleblower lawsuits involving the police department that cost the borough a reported $1.1 million in settlements.
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Turning, 63, was the borough police chief from 2004 to 2011, part of …