Okay, “up for grabs” may be a bit hyperbolic. But still, the announcement that two Republican Freeholders will not be seeking reelection in November is pretty good news. Republican Freeholders Frank Druetzler and Cecilia Laureys may be joined by their colleague John Murphy, who failed to win the GOP nomination for Governor last year. While he’s not committed one way or the other, he’s said that he “believes that one can stay too long in a government job, that you can hang around too long” and that “maybe it’s time” for him to step down.
I don’t have to tell you how Republican Morris County is. But as Blue Jersey readers, I also probably don’t have to tell you that the Democrats have at least one really solid candidate in the county who is well positioned to take one of these two or three seats. I don’t know what she’s thinking about doing, but Dana Wefer has a real shot at making the board a bit more blue.
From The Daily Record:
Democratic chairman Lew Candura said the announcements are “a wonderful opportunity.” In last year’s freeholder race unknown law student Dana Wefer captured 40 percent of the vote against incumbent Republican Margaret Nordstrom, now the board’s director.
A virtual clown car full of Republicans is expected to enter the primaries to replace Druetzler and Laureys. There were reportedly 14 candidates in the GOP primary the last time there was an open seat, and this year will not likely be any different. If the Republican base is depressed enough by their party’s national scandals, there could be a local pickup opportunity here, which would be a great boost for Democrats in the county.
Now if only we could find someone to challenge Frelinghuysen…