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Keith Krebs and Frank Fusco ride in Montclair’s Independence Day Parade, 2003. Photo by Kevin Sanders.

Keith Krebs, GOP leader and ex-Assembly candidate, dies at 56

Clifton Republican was Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver’s first opponent in race for Legislature

By David Wildstein, May 13 2019 4:55 pm

Keith Krebs, a former New Jersey Young Republican state chairman who was Sheila Oliver’s opponent in her first race for State Assembly, died on May 6.  He was 56.

Krebs and Ken Kurson, a top aide to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, were the Republican candidates in the 34th district against Oliver and Assemblyman Peter Eagler (D-Clifton) in 2003.  

He lost by 8,555 votes but came within 249 votes of Oliver in his hometown of Clifton.

Oliver, now the Lt. Governor, today expressed her deepest condolences to the Krebs family,  She said she “always recalled having a respectful discourse with he and his running mate.”

I remember him being so excited when we were both endorsed by The Record, even as obvious longshots in the Democratic dominated 34th,” Kurson said.  “He was an unusual guy but likeable and I’m sorry to hear of his early demise.”

Krebs lost two races in 2003.  That April, he ran for the Clifton Board of Education and lost by more than 1,000 votes

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Krebs became active in politics while attending Rutgers University.  He later served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers.

Krebs is survived by his mother, Barbara.   A private family service was held to honor his memory.

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