Former Point Pleasant Beach mayor Vincent Barrella is mulling an independent bid for State Assembly in the 10th district after losing a Democratic screening committee vote to Brick Planning Board member Eileen Della Volle and teachers union president Erin Wheeler.
“Having twice run as an independent for Mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, I recognize that an independent run for Assembly will be, to paraphrase Jean Arthur in ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ a 200 foot dive into a bucket of water, but I have always had a quixotic streak,” said Barrella, who was first elected mayor as a Republican. “Simply put, the residents of the 10th legislative district deserve better than having to choose between our current failed Republican legislators and the unqualified candidates being foisted upon them by the Ocean County Democratic organization.”
Barrella accused Ocean County Democratic chairman Wyatt Earp of stacking the deck against him.
Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Toms River) is seeking re-election on a ticket with former Brick councilman John Catalano. Incumbent David Wolfe (R-Brick) is not seeking re-election after 28 years in the State Assembly.