By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
There will be a new sheriff in town come this time next year in Warren County, Save Jerseyans, and the Republican police chief of Roxbury Township is the new front runner for the job.
“The property tax burden is already too high and I don’t want to add to it,” said Jim Simonetti, a 32-year law enforcement veteran and former narcotics officer who described himself as a political conservative in a Monday morning press release announcing that he filed with ELEC earlier in the day. “In these tough economic times, we are going to have to learn how to provide a higher level of service to the people at less cost to the taxpayer. We need to learn how to do more with less. There’s no question about it.”
The stars appears to have aligned for the nascent campaign in this deep-red county; Simonetti already reportedly has the backing of Warren County Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Warren County Freeholder Director Ed Smith, and State Senator Steve Oroho (R-24).
Chief Simonetti’s candidacy was catalyzed by the retirement announcement of Warren County Sheriff David Gallant back in December.