“It’s inevitable we are going to get more conservatives because a bunch of the people retiring are not conservative,” said Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R., Morris), one of a handful of conservative legislators who refer to themselves as the Mountain Men.
I imagine that the name “Mountain Men” was chosen to signal how out of touch the group is with New Jersey. jmelli has already noted the racial angle. Another interesting quote is here:
Kevin Collins, a conservative Republican strategist, has been advising clients for years to run to the right. He’s working on the “Reagan Republican Team” race in Bergen, Passaic and Essex Counties.
Collins says the party can get support from socially conservative Democrats – the kind who voted for President Ronald Reagan – with more conservative candidates.