NJ-11: Webber files his own county slate in hostile Essex territory

NEWARK, N.J. — It’s an all-out Republican war in NJ-11, Save Jerseyans. 

Assemblyman Jay Webber is rolling with his own county executive and sheriff candidates in Essex County for the upcoming June Primary, a direct affront to the organization of Essex GOP Chairman Al Barlas who, along with Passaic’s Peter Murphy, is the prime mover behind the campaign of Webber’s primary opponent Antony Ghee..

Montclair Republican Municipal Chairman Roland Straten and Montclair Republican Club president John Van Wagner are teaming up to compete for county executive and sheriff, respectively.

They’ll face off against North Caldwell Councilman John Chiaia (for county executive) and Caldwell Councilman Pasquale Capozzoli (sheriff).  

Blue Essex represents a relatively small portion of the NJ-11 GOP primary electorate (parts of Bloomfield, Montclair and West Orange in addition to, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, and West Caldwell). Still, while the move is largely symbolic, every vote could count if rumored late entr(ies) into the race divide the vote in Webber’s line-less Morris home base.