All five members of the Freehold Township governing body endorsed John Bennett for a second term as Chairman of the Monmouth County Republican Committee.
In a press release sent to MMM and posted on Bennett’s facebook page, Mayor David Salkin, Deputy Mayor Anthony Ammiano, and Township Commitee Members Thomas Cook, Eugene Golub, PhD and Barbara McMorrow said,
We are supporting John Bennett for a second term as Chairman of the Monmouth County Republican Committee.
We urge the Republican County Committee membership to please do the same at the June 10th
Chairman Bennett has made fund-raising a top priority, and contributions to the Party have increased 52% in the last two years! John has also made great strides in making political resources more readily available to local
candidates and Committee Chairmen. When he ran two years ago, John made a promise to keep our County Party headquarters open and staffed full time. He has done that, and County Party resources are more available to local Chairmen and candidates now than ever before. Whenever we have asked for help from the Freehold office, we have received it.
We feel that John Bennett has performed well in building our Party and has a proven record for the past two years of winning elections in November.
The Monmouth County Republican Committee has fought hard and come a long way in the last few years. We
have momentum and we should build on that progress. We need a vigilant and experienced Chairman at the helm.
Please stand with us to re-elect John Bennett, and keep the Monmouth County Republican Party moving forward
toward further unity and success.
Spring Lake Republican Chairman Michael Mattia penned a letter to all Members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee on behalf of the Spring Lake Committee Members endorsing Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden for Chairman. Mattia’s letter was posted in Golden’s facebook page and his website.
In the social media campaign, Golden appears to be edging Bennett on facebook, with 298 “Likes” to the Chairman’s 224, as of 7PM this evening. Golden has 405 followers on twitter. Bennett does not appear to be using twitter.
Golden submitted nominating petitions with signatures from over 130 county committee members to Monmouth GOP Headquarters. Bennett was taken off guard by Golden’s petitions because he felt they were not required under the By-Laws that he wrote.
Bennett told MMM that he believes that nominating petitions were only necessary under the By-Laws for candidates for elected public seeking the County Party’s nomination, not for candidates for a Party office. Never-the-less, Bennett and Vice-Chairwoman Susan Cohen collected 29 or 30 signatures from 4PM on Monday through 4PM on Tuesday.
” I can assure you that every County Committee Member who signed our petition knew what they were signing,” Bennett said. Asked to elaborate, Bennett suggested that some of Golden’s 130+ signers might have thought they were signing a sign-in sheet at one of Golden’s breakfasts. “It really doesn’t matter,” Bennett said, “Shaun had way more signers than the 40 needed, if they were needed. He did a wonderful job collecting them.”