A police officer from Jersey City is the latest winner of CBS' "Survivor," taking the game's $1 million prize.

Tony Vlachos celebrates his Survivor win (CBS)

Despite not being well-liked by his fellow cast members, Tony Vlachos was the near unanimous choice of the show's jury on the finale. “I wasn’t a villain, I was just making strategic moves to save myself,” Vlachos said during the show, according to the Jersey Journal.

Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro credited Vlachos' "street smarts" for helping him outwit, outplay and outlast everyone else on the Philipino island of Cagayan. "A Jersey City cop got it done," he told the Journal.

Several jury members were critical of Vlachos' tactic of making promises and swearing the truthfulness of statements on his police badge, wife, late father and daughter.  "I don't regret it because at the moment (I said those things) I meant it," he tells the reality show website Gold Derby. "My heart was in the right place, but my brain wasn't. Later I got the chance to say, 'You know what? The brain is going to take over the heart.' My mind was all over the place."

Vlachos is credited with saving the life of a man in Allendale as he moved into his family's new home in Allendale. The 69-year-old man had a massive heart attack and Vlachos did compressions on the man's chest to restart his heart according to the Journal.

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