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Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger at Gov. Phil Murphy's 2023 State of the State Address. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

O’Scanlon, Flynn, Scharfenberger launch re-election campaign in LD13

Incumbent slate gets backing from Monmouth GOP chairman, most local Republicans

By Joey Fox, January 20 2023 12:37 pm

The three Republican incumbents representing New Jersey’s 13th legislative district – State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver), Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn (R-Holmdel), and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Middletown) – announced today that they will run for re-election this year.

Included in their announcement was a huge list of Republican endorsers, including Monmouth GOP Chairman Shaun Golden, County Clerk Christine Hanlon, four county commissioners, and two dozen local Republican officeholders and party officials. (Commissioner Lillian Burry, who recently caused a stir when she voted against Commissioner Tom Arnone for board director, was not included.)

“I go to Trenton to fight for you and for your families – to fight Trenton Democrats and their relentless tax increases, reckless spending and radical social agenda,” said O’Scanlon, who serves as the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “I’m excited for the campaign and if reelected, I promise to keep up the fight for you.”

O’Scanlon, a former five-term member of the Assembly, was elected to the Senate in 2017 to succeed State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown). He was soon accompanied by Scharfenberger, who was elected to the Assembly in 2019 after Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) retired.

“From the crime epidemic to the assault on our constitutional rights by Trenton Democrats, to our students struggling with learning loss from Murphy’s failed COVID policies, I am more energized than ever to continue the work as your Assemblyman in Trenton,” Scharfenberger said. “I am proud to run alongside Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Flynn as we continue to work to make New Jersey affordable again and look forward to hitting the campaign trail.”

Flynn joined the ticket in 2021, after Monmouth Republicans awarded her the organization line over Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel); DiMaso continued her campaign off-the-line but lost to Flynn 36%-27%.

“As I complete my first term, I am proud of the work we accomplished as a team by standing up for what is right for Monmouth County families – from protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, to authoring legislation to curb the rash of car thefts and break-ins,” Flynn said. “But I know the work is not yet done and with your support, we will keep up the fight for our constituents.”

The three incumbents are unlikely to be in much danger of losing this year, either in a primary or a general election. The 13th district, based in northern Monmouth County, votes resolutely Republican across the ballot; in 2021, O’Scanlon won his Senate race 61%-39%.

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