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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Report: Golden slams Steinhardt, alleging disconnect with county organizations

Monmouth Republican chair calls GOP State Chairman ‘impudent and ineffective’

By Nikita Biryukov, August 05 2020 6:35 pm

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Sean Golden slammed State Republican Chair Doug Steinhardt Wednesday, telling More Monmouth Musings he was “impudent and ineffective” as a statewide leader.

“He is scurrying around the state and using Party resources to promote himself while failing to grow the Party,” Golden told the politics-focused local news site. “There is no support for statewide candidates. He’s neglecting the fundraising needs of U.S. Senate nominee Rik Mehta and Republican congressional candidates including Congressman Chris Smith and Christian Onuoha.”

Steinhardt is one of three major Republican players weighing a challenge to Gov. Phil Murphy next year. Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick has declined to rule out a gubernatorial run, and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has already launched his bid.

Golden, who is also Monmouth County Sheriff, was rumored to be in talks with political players around the state about a possible bid against Murphy, though he sought to downplay those rumors in 2018. Despite that, some lawmakers in his home county have continued to boost him as a strong candidate.

The Monmouth chair said the Republican State Committee has left its county organizations out in the cold, saying county chairs had not gathered to meet in seven months. Apart from data services, he said, the RSC has provided little in the way of resources or direction to Monmouth Republicans.

He also chaffed at the absence of Monmouth and Ocean County Republicans on the legislative redistricting commission, saying the exclusion of those GOP strongholds was “That is disrespectful and and disgusting.”

Golden did not immediately respond to a 6:20 p.m. call seeking comment. Steinhardt did not return a call made at 6:27 p.m.

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