Ocean County GOP Chair George Gilmore must be getting madder with each passing moment. I wrote about the pending civil war that is ready to break out over who will challenge John Adler the other day. Burlington County GOP Chair Bill Layton just can’t help himself and when it’s not Jon Runyan talking directly, Layton is making sure no story goes without a quote:
Layton, for his part, acknowledged that he supports Jon Runyan, but said there remains plenty of time to avoid a primary.
“To me it remains the same. Jon Runyan is the best candidate. So at some point we need to convince others of that, and that process is still taking place,” he said. “If Jon Runyan was an Ocean County guy, I’d be with Jon Runyan. Jon Runyan is the best candidate for the race. It’s about winning back the seat, not whether the guy is from Burlington, Ocean or Camden.”
Gilmore said that he did not read any of Runyan’s interviews and would wait until he has to comment.
Oh to be a fly on the wall when Gilmore finally reads the interviews. This has the real potential to be a fun one to watch. It sounds like Layton is telling Gilmore that there is plenty of time to avoid a primary as long as he agrees Runyan is the man. I don’t think George Gilmore is used to that type of ultimatum.