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Assemblyman Christian Barranco. (Photo: Christian Barranco).

Barranco won’t seek 26th district Assembly seat

IBEW electrician and former councilman wants to avoid fight over residency issues

By David Wildstein, April 01 2019 11:47 am

Former Pompton Lakes councilman Christian Barranco has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 26th district, clearing a path for incumbents Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) to avoid a primary fight this year.

An electrician with IBEW Local 102, Barranco was a Republican candidate for Passaic County freeholder in 2013.  The New Jersey AFL-CIO endorsed him when he ran for councilman in 2016.  He resigned from the council last year to move to Jefferson.

Barranco said he did not want to face a fight over residency requirements to run for the legislature in his new district.

“I refuse to break the law,” Barranco told the New Jersey Globe.  “I’m stepping aside and I’ll come back in two years.”

In the meantime, Barranco will devote much of his time to the North Jersey Rough Riders, a group he formed five years ago to create a stronger relationship between Republicans and private sector trade unions.

The Rough Riders will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday to boost Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon’s re-election campaign.

In 2017, Webber and DeCroce faced a fierce primary challenge from Morris County freeholders Hank Lyon and John Cesaro.  She defeated Lyon by 1,889 votes, with Cesaro finishing fourth.

Lyon gave up his freeholder seat to run for Assembly, and Cesaro lost the GOP primary for re-election to the Board of Freeholders last year

Verona Democratic municipal chair Laura Berman Fortgang and Jefferson Democratic municipal chair Christine Clarke have already filed to run in the 26th district.

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One thought on “Barranco won’t seek 26th district Assembly seat

  1. Wait a minute, Barranco earlier said he had legal advice declaring he’s eligible to run, but now Barranco suddenly says that he won’t break the law by running. Christian Barranco’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?
    (By the way, genius, a judge wouldn’t allow to break the law to run anyway.)
    It’s no wonder Barranco never got any political traction with Passaic County Republicans and is leaving for another county where he thinks people don’t know him and his baggage already. But by his self-destructive stupid play acting this year, Christian Barranco already has exposed himself as a punchline carnival act before even arriving in Morris County.
    Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

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