Larry Casha has dropped out of the race for the GOP congressional nomination in New Jersey’s 11th district, the New Jersey Globe has learned, clearing the field for Rosemary Becchi to challenge Rep. Mikie Sherrill.
Just 90 minutes ago, Casha was telling party leaders that he had decided to remain in the race. He changed his mind after a discussion with GOP insiders about the realities of an expensive primary.
Becchi decided on Sunday to end her challenge to Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th and run against Sherrill instead.
A big part of her calculus, Republicans close to Becchi told the New Jersey Globe, was the realization that she had no real path to defeating Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. in the 7th district Republican primary.
With a warchest – she raised nearly $400,000 by the end of September and has not yet disclosed her 4th quarter fundraising – Becchi decided that he best chance of winning a House seat was against Sherrill, a popular freshman and fundraising machine, in a district that is more Republican than the 7th but may still be just as much of an uphill battle.
Becchi is expected to have the organization lines in Essex and Passaic counties, and the support of GOP county chairs in Morris and Sussex.