Pursuant to the Freeholders' Charter of 1946, the mayor's term of office was changed from two years to four years. Elections were held on the second Tuesday in March. In 1963, state law changed municipal elections from the spring to the fall beginning in 1967, in odd-numbered years, with terms of office beginning January 1 of even-numbered years. As a result, Braman's term ran through December 31, 1969. The vote counts were as follows:
- J.D. Braman - 95,699
- John A. Cherberg - 83,205
Braman resigned on March 23, 1969, to accept an appointment by President Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Transportation. The city council appointed council president Floyd C. Miller (1902-1985) to serve the remainder of Braman's term.