Earlen, Hughes take over Burlco GOP’s top posts

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Long-time party chairman Bill Layton’s departure following two brutal cycles in Burlington County is bringing about a change in leadership.

The Burlington County Republican County Committee has selected New Jersey Pinelands Commission Commissioner Sean Earlen of Lumberton to serve as the new chairman and Linda Hughes, a former freeholder defeated in 2017 and again 2018, to stand as Vice-Chairwoman following the resignations of Layton and Pat Benedetti respectively.

“I am honored to have the unanimous support of the County Committee but I would be remiss if I didn’t first thank Bill and Pat for their leadership over the last eleven years,” said Earlen. “I am looking forward to working with party officials, activists and elected officials of all ages to retain our two State Assembly seats in LD-8, County Sheriff and current Freeholder seat in addition to wining back a Freeholder seat and picking up two State Assembly seats in LD-7.” 

Republicans lost control of the South Jersey county’s freeholder board in November for the first time since the 1970s.