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State Sen. Joe Pennacchio. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Pennacchio wins endorsement of Morris GOP chair

By David Wildstein, November 28 2022 1:22 pm

Morris County Republican Chair Laura Marie Ali  is backing Senate Assistant Minority Leader Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) for re-election to a sixth term in the New Jersey State Senate.

“I am so proud to endorse my good friend, Senator ‘Jersey Joe’ Pennacchio for re-election,” Ali sad.  The 26th legislative district is lucky to have him.”

Ali’s support gives Pennacchio personal endorsements from both county chairs; Passaic County GOP Chairman Peter Murphy announced his preference for Pennacchio two weeks ago.

So far, Pennacchio has no primary opposition.  County Commissioner Thomas Mastrangelo has been widely mentioned as a possible Senate candidate but has not public announced his intentions.  Mastrangelo lost a bid for State Assembly in 2021 and then narrowly won an off-the-line bid for re-election last June after Morris County Republicans tossed him from the organization line.

While Pennacchio has over $500,000 in his campaign warchest, it’s clear that he’ rather help fund Republican challengers in competitive districts than spent his money on a primary.

“My goal is to take back the majority in the New Jersey State Senate, stop the insanity and return government back to ‘the people,’” said Pennacchio.

Legislative redistricting changed the 26th district, which will no longer includes parts of Essex County.  The lines flipped Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Denville) to the 26th and another incumbent, Christian Barranco (R-Jefferson) to the 25th, trading some Morris municipalities.  The district lost West Milford in Passaic County, but gained Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, and Wanaque.


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