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Morris County Republican State Committeeman Larry Casha. (Photo: Casha for Congress).

Casha announces endorsements for NJ-11 congressional bid

Two former Morris GOP chairs, four Republican municipal chairs, and two mayors and ex-Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll backing Casha

By David Wildstein, January 24 2022 10:08 am

Former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha has announced endorsements from two former GOP county chairs, two mayors and a number of current and former elected and party officials in his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.

Casha, the Republican state committeeman from Morris County and a longtime party stalwart, is one of seven announced candidates looking to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the mid-term elections.

Former Morris County Republican chairs John Sette and Patti Page, former Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township), Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor, and Riverdale Mayor Paul Carelli were among the GOP officials who announced their support for Casha.  Richard Zeoli, a former Sussex GOP chairman and freeholder and now a well-known Philadelphia radio show host, is also backing Casha.

The field of candidates to run against Sherrill might not yet be complete.  Two potentially strong opponents, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) and Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling, are considering a congressional run.

Four Republican municipal chairs are backing Casha: Daniel Bevere (Chatham Township), Councilwoman Ann Thompson (Lincoln Park), Bob Cascone (Pequannock), and Andrew Delaney (Morristown).

Casha has also picked up endorsements from former Morris County Sheriff Ed Rochford, former freeholders John Murphy and Gene Feyl, Parsippany Council President Michael dePierro, Parsippany Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani, Boonton Alderman Mike Wade, Harding Township Committeeman Christopher Yates, Kinnelon Council President Randall Charles, Lincoln Park Councilman Gary Gemian, and Montville Township Committee members Richard Conklin and June Witty.

“The people running Washington are taking the great country in the wrong direction, and Mikie Sherrill is part of the problem,” Casa said.  “Morris County needs someone who will fight to empower parents, crack down on crime and stop inflation. Simply put, we need to stop the madness.”

The list of Casha endorsements include the state’s two Republican National Committee members, Virginia Haines and Bill Palatucci, former Chatham Township Mayor Baily Brower, , former East Hanover Mayor William Agnellino, former Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli, former Morristown Mayor Jay Delaney, former Morris Township Mayor Bruce Sisler, former Mountain Lakes Mayor John Pendleton, former Pequannock Mayor Catherine Winterfield, former Randolph Mayor Edward Metz, and former Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins.

This is Casha’s second bid to take on Sherrill.  He entered the race two years ago, but dropped out after Republican leaders made a deal to get Rosemary Becchi to switch from a challenge to Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th – clearing the GOP primary field for Tom Kean, Jr. – to the 11th

Casha has also lost State Assembly races in 2001 and 2007.

Casha faces Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, former Ridgefield Park councilman Robert Kovic, attorney Larry Friscia, Iraq War U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson, and screenwriter Hillery Brotschol in the June GOP primary.

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