Former N.J. Candidate Morrisey Wins West Virginia’s GOP Senate Primary

By Matt Rooney

Patrick Morrisey pivoted and it paid off, Save Jerseyans.

The West Virginia Attorney General vanquished five rivals — including former coal baron Don Blankenship — in Tuesday’s widely-watched U.S. Senate primary in that state, but Morrisey has only been a resident of West Virginia since 2006.

Six years earlier?

The Edison, New Jersey native and Rutgers Law alumnus lost a primary battle to replace Bob Franks in NJ-07. Mike Ferguson ultimately defeated both Tom Kean Jr. and Morrisey; Leonard Lance later succeeded Ferguson in 2009.

In 2016? Morrisey got some help from Bill Palatucci, New Jersey’s GOP national committeeman and Chris Christie’s political consigliere, by way of a Newark fundraiser.

Yes, there’s always a New Jersey angle!