Monmouth County Republican State Committeeman John Costigan, the GOP Municipal Chairman of Howell Township for six years, and Vice Chair under the late Noreen Kelly for six years before that, convened the reorganizational meeting of the Howell Republican Committee this evening and promptly placed the name of former Councilman Juan Malave into nomination as the new Municipal Chairman.
Costigan lost his County Committee seat in last Tuesday’s primary. The incumbent slate of Council Members, supported by Malave, beat back a primary challenge from a slate believed to be backed by Costigan. Costigan denied backing the challengers but said he was glad they were running.
Many Republicans throughout Monmouth County were expecting Costigan to attempt to retain his Chairmanship, despite losing his seat. But the State Committeeman chose to bow out in a gracious gesture of unity by nominating Malave.
“Juan is a good man,” said Costigan, “he works hard for Republicans throughout Howell and has served honorably on the Township Council. He will build on the success we have had here over the last six years, and before that under Mrs. Kelly.”
“Mr. Costigan was very gracious to nominate me,” Mulave said, “we need him to stay involved here in Howell and help us out. I don’t have all the answers.”
“I’m done. Don’t call me again, ” Costigan joked, “I have lots of other things to do.”
Mulvave said that he expects that 54 Committee Members for Howell will show up to vote at the Monmouth GOP Convention tomorrow night at iPlay American in Freehold. Committee Members will be choosing between incumbent County Chairman John Bennett and Sheriff Shaun Golden to serve and County Chair for the next two years. Golden is believed to be heavily favored by Howell’s Committee Members.