John Barbarula, a Randolph attorney who serves as a special assistant Morris County counsel, will seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 25th district.
The twelve-term incumbent, Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township), is not seeking re-election and will instead run for Morris County Surrogate.
“I am at a point where I can give back to my community,” Barbarula said.
He says he supports the re-election of Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) and is running for Carroll’s open seat.
Barbarula joins Denville councilman Brian Bergen in the race.
Democrats are expected to mount an aggressive bid for the two 25th district seats. Lisa Bhimani, a Mendham physician who nearly unseated State Sen. Tony Bucco (R-Boonton) in 2017, and Chester Democratic Municipal Chair Darcy Draeger have already launched their campaign.
Barbarula said that he would run on a platform of fiscal conservatism and seek to slow down the mass exodus of New Jersey residents to lower tax states.
“Let’s be adults,” Barbarula said. “Let’s have some fiscal responsibility.”
Barbarula has served as the planning board attorney in Butler and Riverdale, as the Hanover public defender, and as acting municipal prosecutor in Parsippany, Jefferson and Rockaway.