UPDATED 10:14 am
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden will seek the Monmouth County Republican Chairmanship when the party convenes to elect a chairman on June 10.
Incumbent Chairman John O. Bennett III said he is running for reelection.
“Shaun’s a good man and a good sheriff,” Bennett said. “I’ve always thought that elected officials should be elected officials and chairmen should be chairmen. I think Shaun should focus on being sheriff. We live in a Democracy. The committee will decide.”
“It’s a race,” Golden said, “we need to get our party moving forward.”
The two men met for breakfast this morning. Golden informed Bennett that he was running and asked for a smooth transition.
Golden told MMM that he would be releasing a formal statement and sending a letter to members of the Republican County Committee later today.
Golden was reelected last November by a 64%-36% margin with over 100,000 votes. Bennett attempted to recruit to the sheriff to run against Congressman Frank Pallone in the 6th congressional district.
“‘Not only is popular and a demonstrated vote getter, he has an outstanding record with a documented ability to get things done,” Bennett said of Golden in February.