It’s a fair question, Save Jerseyans.
The politically connected but publicly obscure Warren County-based attorney and nephew (!) of Ocean County GOP heavyweight George Gilmore, Mike Lavery, emerged as the surprise new NJGOP Chairman at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township this Tuesday evening.
Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the Warren Republicans, had been endorsed by Guadagno just last Friday and was expected to skate tonight. But it didn’t happen…
Detractors insist Gilmore’s support and patronage of Guadagno permitted him to veto Steinhardt, a consensus candidate, at the very last minute in a move that undeniably signals the embattled (and FBI scrutinized) New Jersey power broker’s persistent and dominant influence as the Christie era comes to a close.
Perspective #2? Earlier today, the Christie Administration nominated Trudy M. Steinhardt (Doug’s wife) to the State Parole Board, leading more than one Christie World skeptic to mutter “sabatoge” under their breath. They’re saying the ugly optics were premeditated.
Lavery, for his part, is the former mayor of Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Another twist? Steinhardt and Lavery are reportedly close (being Warren GOP lawyers). Two sources in-the-know insisted that Lavery was in line to be counsel to Steinhardt’s NJGOP.