Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal is publicly calling for Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik to run for governor in 2017.
In a Letter to the Editor published on APP.com, Gopal sings Hornik’s praises as a “socially conscious and fiscally ressponsible” Democrat who was elected in three time in a town that voted for Chris Christie for Governor and Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate over Cory Booker in 2013. Gopal said that should Hornik run for governor, he would have Vin’s unwavering support.
I wonder how Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Senate President Steve Sweeney and former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, all presumed Democratic candidates for governor who have contributed generously to Gopal’s Monmouth County Democratic campaigns, feel about this.
Hornik said he is flattered and had no idea that Gopal was promoting him for governor until he read it on APP. The mayor said he is focused on the many challenges in Marlboro and that no elected official should be running for higher office while serving in the position they have been elected to.
That didn’t stop Hornik from promoting Gopal’s letter on facebook.
In closing his letter, Gopal said that Monmouth County Republicans “represent high taxes, waste and social indifference.”