Rich Pezzullo is the winner of my home county’s line, Save Jerseyans.
According to sources close to the decision-making, the charismatic Pezzullo impressed the endorsement screening committee convened by Chairman Tom Booth last week.
Camden County itself is solidly blue but it’s the most populous of the state’s southernmost seven counties (including Burlington) and, consequently, affords a sizable number of Republican votes to the victor of its GOP line.
Pezzullo’s win further muddies the rudderless New Jersey Republican Party’s U.S. Senate primary waters for 2014; the Monmouth resident now lays claim to three lines: Camden, Union, and his home base of Monmouth. Nine other counties have split between three candidates (with Brian Goldberg out in the lead with 7), and a few key counties (such as Bergen and Cape May) have declined to back anyone.