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Toms River Republican Club President Geri Ambrosio. (Photo: Facebook.)

McGuckin, Catalano will face challenge for Ocean GOP support

Gilmore ally Geri Ambrosio will screen for endorsement in 10th district

By David Wildstein, February 04 2021 4:18 pm

Toms River Republican Club President Geri Ambrosio will seek party support for State Assembly in the 10th district against two incumbents, Greg McGuckin (R-Toms River) and John Catalano (R-Brick).

The Ocean County Republican screening committee has set a meeting date of Saturday, county chairman Frank Holman announced

Ambrosio is a close ally of former Ocean GOP Chairman George Gilmore.  Gilmore, who received a presidential pardon last month after his conviction on federal tax-related charges, has remained active in county politics.

Thirteen Republicans will screen for the County Commissioner seat of Gerry Little, who is not seeking re-election after 18 years in office:  Berkeley Township Councilman John Bacchione; Little Egg Harbor Committeewoman Bobbie Jo Crea; Pine Beach Mayor Lawrence Cuneo; Lacey Mayor Peter Curatolo; Ocean Township Board of Education member Shawn Denning; former Brick school board candidate Victor Finamore; Lisa Hodgson-Henson, a realtor from Surf City; Jackson Council President Andrew Kern; former Stafford Council President Sharon McKenna; former Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid; former Brock Councilman Michael Thulen; Island Heights Councilman Rolf Weber; and former Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Rory Wells.

According to Holman, all 13 are seeking the Little seat. That leaves Commissioner Gary Quin unopposed in his bid for organization support for a second term.

“I am impressed by the depth of qualified people we have,” Holman said.  “We know how to govern in Ocean County. There are a lot of successful government servants on our list.”

McGuckin and Catalano are the only Republican legislators with a challenge.  State Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Toms River) and incumbents in districts 9, 12 and 30 have no opposition for the organization line.

In the race for the Republican nomination for governor, former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli will participate in the screening process against former Franklin mayor and Somerset freeholder Brian D. Levine.   Perennial candidate Hirsh Singh will also participate.

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