By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
On Thursday afternoon, notwithstanding the anticipated net loss of four Assembly seats in Tuesday’s legislative elections, Assembly Republican members unanimously to re-elected GOP Leader Jon Bramnick for a third term at the post.
Assemblyman Dave Rible was re-upped as conference leader and Assemblyman Scott Rumana as the caucus whip, both also for the third time.
In a separate vote, State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. was re-elected to lead the Senate GOP caucus that wasn’t on the ballot this year.
“I thank my colleagues for their unanimous support. Senate Republicans will continue to create and advance solutions to make New Jersey the place to live, grow, work, vacation and retire,” Kean said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Governor Christie, Steve, Jon and Vincent on lowering costs, creating jobs, enhancing education, empowering people and shoring up our infrastructure and benefits systems. We may disagree on some policy items, but those priorities of our constituents are not debatable and must get done in the session ahead.”
Kean survived a Christie-backed leadership challenge in 2013. Tuesday’s results mean at least two of his members – Kip Bateman (R-16) and Jennifer Beck (R-11) – could face stiff challenges of their own in 2017 after both of their districts, combined, accounted for 3 of the 4 lost GOP seats. Adding to Bateman’s woes are conservative anger over his vote to override a Christie gun control bill veto.