All but one Monmouth County elected official above the municipal level (Legislators and County Officials) have stayed out of the Monmouth County GOP Chairman’s race between incumbent John Bennett and Sheriff Shaun Golden.
Freeholder Tom Arnone broke from the pack this afternoon with a positive, yet pointed, endorsement of his friend and running mate, Golden.
Arnone said that he is endorsing Golden because, “I have been a witness to his abilities on the campaign trail and I am keenly aware of what he has done for our party without bragging about it while other attempt to take credit for Shaun’s hard work.”
In an apparent jab at Bennett’s campaign management and fundraising accomplishments, Arnone implied that Golden is responsible for much of the Monmouth GOP’s success over the last two years.
“Shaun is not only an aggressive and strategic campaigner who has lead our party to victory during far more politically difficult times than our predecessors faced, Shaun has also been a fundraising powerhouse. Shaun has helped our team set fundraising records despite the party’s inability to raise significant funds in recent years. I do not bring this up to place blame,” Arnone said, “but I feel compelled to bring the issue up because credit must be given where credit is due.”
Arnone warned that for the first time in decades Democratic voter registration exceeds Republican registration in Monmouth County. He argues that Golden’s track record demonstrates that he is the leader to reach out to “the new younger, more diverse electorate.”
The freeholder said that Golden would be an inclusive chairman who will remain approachable, engaging and responsive to party members, not just through money and direct mail, but by grassroots efforts and social media.
Arnone’s letter can be found here.