Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner will serve as campaign chair for Morris County Republicans in 2020, acting county chair Laura Marie Ali has announced.
“Christine is one of the smartest, most resourceful people I know,” Ali said. “In addition to her natural talents, she is driven, charismatic and a wonderful person to be around.”
The Morris County GOP has a 7-0 majority on the Board of Freeholders, with just interim Freeholder Tayfun Selen up this year. Republicans have not lost a countywide race in Morris since Douglas Romaine won a freeholder seat in 1973.
For Republicans, the real task is to make up some of their recent losses at the municipal level, and to win back the 7th and 11th district congressional seats they lost in 2018.
With Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in office, this is the first time since March 1933 that Morris County has not been represented in Congress by a Republican.
In a 1931 special election following the death of Rep. Ernest Ackerman (R-Plainfield), former Plainfield Mayor Percy Stewart defeated Republican Donald McLean, who had served as a top aide to U.S. Senator John Kean (R-Elizabeth). John Kean was the great-great-uncle of Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), Malinowski’s likely general election opponent.
Morris County was moved into the congressional district of Rep. Charles Eaton (R-Watchung) and Stewart left the House to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.
The GOP also faces special elections for State Senate and Assembly in the 25th district.
Glassner was elected to the Mendham Borough Council in 2016 and became the first woman mayor in 2018.
She is married to Michel Glassner, the executive director of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and a former chief of staff to Sarah Palin.