US town reverses decision to replace John F. Kennedy's name with Obama's on building

The Associated Press
September 3, 2014 08:00 AM

WILLINGBORO, N.J. - President Barack Obama's name will not replace John F. Kennedy's on a New Jersey town-owned building after all.

The township council in Willingboro on Tuesday voted 5-0 to reverse its decision to rename the recreation centre after an outcry from those opposed to the change, including alumni of the high school that once inhabited the building.

Willingboro is a largely Democratic town that strongly supported Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

The building opened as a high school in 1966 and was named for the assassinated 35th president. It's now owned by the township, used as a recreation centre and undergoing renovations.

Councilman Nathaniel Anderson apologized to the crowd of 200 at the meeting. He said that he failed to think through the change.

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