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Krickus endorses Neibart for Assembly

Morris County Freeholder takes sides in fight for Bucco Assembly seat

By David Wildstein, November 18 2019 9:36 am

Morris County Freeholder John Krickus is supporting Sarah Neibart for State Assembly, providing another high-profile endorsement for Thursday’s special election convention in the 25th district.

“Phil Murphy and the Democrats are coming after Morris County, and Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart is the leader we need to take them on in Trenton,” said Krickus.  “Sarah has the energy for the fight, the experience to offer fresh ideas, and conservative values that will not waver. Sarah has my full support and endorsement as a candidate for the Assembly.”

Krickus is the second freeholder to endorse Neibart, who picked up the backing of Deborah Smith last week.

Neibart is one of six Republicans competing for the seven-week unexpired term of Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton), who resigned from the Assembly in October to replace his late father in the State Senate.

She faces former congressional staffer Aura Dunn, Assistant Morris County Counsel John Barbarula, Pfizer executive Al Ribeiro, Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb, and attorney Bob Olejar.

The winner of Thursday’s convention will complete Bucco’s current term, which expires at the end of the lame duck legislative session on January 13.

Next year, 25th district Republican County Committee members will need to hold another vote to fill the seat Bucco won on November 5.  The winner of that special election convention – which doesn’t necessarily need to be the same person who wins this week – would serve until the results of a November 2020 special election are certified.

Krickus was elected freeholder in 2018.  He previously served a three-year term as freeholder and spent twelve years as a Washington Township Committeeman, including three years as mayor.

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