Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden told MMM that he will not be a candidate for Congress this year.
Monmouth County Republican Chairman John Bennett has been urging Golden to take on Congressman Frank Pallone due to the sheriff’s strong record of accomplishment and his popularity at the polls.
“I would love to see Shaun Golden run for Congress, ” Bennett said earlier this month, ‘Not only is he popular and a demonstrated vote getter, he has an outstanding record with a documented ability to get things done.”
Golden said that it is just not the right time for him to take on a congressional campaign.
Former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella said last week that he “would love to run against Pallone” if Golden doesn’t. Bennett told MMM that he received a message from DiBella expressing his interest. DiBella has not returned several phone calls inquiring about his candidacy from MMM this week.
Former Freeholder and former Highlands Mayor Anna Little, the GOP nominee in CD-6 in 2010 and 2012 told MMM that she never planned to run against Pallone this year. Yet, Little filed a Statement of Organization with the Federal Elections Commission in October of last year.
Atlantic Highlands Councilman Peter Doyle recently raised his profile in the Monmouth GOP by sending a letter to county committee members announcing his desire to hold higher office in the future but endorsing Republican incumbent Freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich for re-nomination. Doyle said he has not given a congressional race any consideration.
Middlesex County GOP Chairman Sam Thompson said he’s had conversations with a potential candidate backed by a national Asian-American political group, but that he was not ready to release a name.
The sixth congressional district is comprised of Aberdeen Township, Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Deal, Hazlet Township, Highlands, Interlaken, Keansburg, Keyport, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Marlboro Township, Matawan, Middletown Township (part; also 4th), Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Union Beach, West Long Branch in Monmouth County and Carteret, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen, New Brunswick, Old Bridge Township (part; also 12th), Perth Amboy, Piscataway Township, Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district by 138,852 – 52,276. There are 189,608 Independent or Third Party voters registered in the district.
March 8 is the deadline for candidates to submit a letter of intent to Bennett, per the Monmouth GOP by-laws. Thompson said that candidates to submit a letter to him prior his screening committee meeting on March 14. Both the Monmouth and Middlesex GOPs will hold their nominating conventions on Saturday, March 22.