But this is the New Jersey Republican Party. It can never be THAT easy!
Three legislators who had previously remained silent have now elected to buck the trend. State Senator Robert Singer, Assemblyman Sean Kean and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon are throwing in behind former Governor John O. Bennett in the contest for Monmouth County GOP Chairman. Also joining the Bennett booster camp this week are five western Monmouth mayors and a victorious NJ-6 Congressional nominee Anna Little (R-Highlands).
Little actually carried Monmouth on Tuesday despite having been denied the line there. Not content to let this slight go unanswered, she loudly criticized the county organization in her closing pre-vote arguments and, after winning the primary, held out her situation as a rationale for Monmouth committee members to back Bennett:
It is urgent that all County Committee members in Monmouth County attend this Convention and select a chairman who will return Monmouth County’s Republican Organization to an open convention candidate selection process. Former State Senator, Former Governor John Bennett will lead the Monmouth County Republican Organization in this manner. When Monmouth County’s selection committee chose an unknown, unvetted candidate to face Frank Pallone in District 6, John Bennett courageously took a stand supporting Anna Little, the candidate chosen by the people of Monmouth County in both the 2010 Primary and General Elections.”
Hanlon isn’t exactly panicking at this point. She still boasts the considerable support of state Senator Jennifer Beck, state Senator Joe Kyrillos, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Assemblyman Dave Rible, Assemblyman Rob Clifton, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Gary Rich, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholder Deputy Dir. Tom Arnone, and Freeholder Serena DiMaso. At last count, she also claims to have locked up 394 of 768, or 51.3% of the county committee responsible for selecting a chair.
All the same, this June 12th convention just got more interesting in the past 24 hours. That’s politics for ya… especially politics in Monmouth County.