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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

Somerset GOP backs Bramnick, holds off on Assembly endorsement

Incumbents in 23rd and 25th districts also get Somerset line

By David Wildstein, February 17 2021 8:05 pm

Somerset County Republicans tonight awarded their organization line for State Senate to Jon Bramnick but are deferring a vote for the State Assembly in the 21st district until party leaders can explore their options further.

“People haven’t had enough time to get to know these folks,” said Somerset County GOP Chairman Tim Howes.

Bramnick, the Assembly Minority Leader, is seeking the open seat of Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr.  Kean is not seeking re-election.

Assembly Minority Conference Leader Nancy Munoz, a Summit Republican, is running for another term.

So far, six candidates are already seeking support for Bramnick’s Assembly seat: Summit Republican Municipal Chairman Steve Spurr; New Providence Councilwoman Michele Matsikoudis; Cranford Township Committeewoman Mary O’Connor; Mountainside Councilman Rene Dierkes; Kenilworth Councilman Fred Pugliese; and Carmen Bucco, who won 2% of the vote as an independent candidate for Kenilworth Borough Council in 2020.

The Somerset GOP also backed State Sen. Michael Doherty and Assemblymen John DiMaio and Erik Peterson for re-election in the 23rd district.

In the 25th district, which includes Bernardsville in Somerset County, in the organization endorsed State Sen. Anthony Bucco, Assemblyman Brian Bergen and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn.

Howes said the Republican ticket in the 22nd districts is still in formation.    He also said the candidates in the 17th will be considered by the Franklin Township Republicans, the only Somerset municipality in the district, later this month.

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