- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

DENVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A former Morris County clerk who was well-known in Republican political circles was shot to death in her home and her husband committed suicide, authorities confirmed Friday.

Morris County prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a news release that Joan Bramhall died as a result of “homicide caused by a gunshot wound inflicted on her.” Knapp said John Bramhall died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police in Denville were called to the home Thursday morning after a family member reported finding one of the bodies. Officers didn’t find any evidence of an intrusion into the house.

Joan Bramhall, 74, retired in December after a long career in Morris County politics, including serving 15 years as county clerk.

She also served on Gov. Chris Christie’s transition team.

In a statement, Christie hailed Bramhall as an “outstanding public servant but an even better person.”

“She was an extraordinarily selfless and generous person to friends and family alike. She honored me and Mary Pat with her friendship for the last 20 years. We considered her a dear friend and we are terribly saddened by her tragic passing. We send our condolences to Joan’s family,” he said.

Friends told The Daily Record of Parsippany she had been treated for cancer several years ago.

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