Republicans have moved the site of the October 15 special election convention to fill the vacant 25th district State Senate seat to a more central location with more parking spots after several local GOP leaders complained about holding the vote at a small venue in Boonton.
Boonton is the hometown of the late State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco, who died last week at age 81. It’s also the political base of his son and likely successor, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco.
The first location was the Elks Lodge, which has just thirteen parking spaces and limited on-street parking. It’s also in the northeastern part of a largely East-West district, about an hour drive to Washington at the Southwest part of the district.
The remote location would also require Bucco to run a GOTV operation for his own special election in order to avoid the potential embarrassment of not achieving a quorum.
The new location is at the centrally-located Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes, which has plenty of parking. That’s close to the site of the 1982 special election nominating convention to replace Assemblyman James Barry, who resigned to become Tom Kean’s state Consumer Affairs Director.