Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt was re-elected to a second term Tuesday evening without opposition for a term that extends through the 2021 gubernatorial primary.
Steinhardt’s unanimous re-election is in contrast to a toxic Democratic war between factions of the party that includes a fight for state chairman later this year when incumbent John Currie faces Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr.
“Eighteen months ago, I promised all of our stakeholders that the NJGOP would not be outworked under my leadership,” Steinhardt said. “We have grown our movement with thousands of new donors, volunteers and supporters. We will continue to fight in every corner of the state to find honest answers to real problems.”
A former mayor of Lopatcong and the Warren County GOP chairman for fifteen years, Steinhardt took over a state party apparatus that had atrophied in recent years. He won plaudits for his leadership in the 2018 cycle amidst a national blue wave that flipped four New Jersey House seats.
Steinhardt has not hesitated to throw grenades at the state’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy.
“Our party stands united in our cause to fight for a better, more affordable state,” said Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. “The Chairman has been a steadfast partner in our mission to flip NJ LD-1 and make Michael Testa our newest GOP Senator. I look forward to working with the Chairman and the NJGOP to finish that job.”
Kean stands to become one of the beneficiaries of Steinhardt’s groundwork as he seeks the GOP nomination to challenge freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Steinhardt was also praised by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, who is defending a shrinking 26-member Assembly Republican Caucus.
“Doug works tirelessly for the Republican Party,” said Bramnick. “I look forward to continuing our partnership in the fight against Governor Murphy’s extreme agenda and one-party rule in Trenton.”