Senate Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) is sticking to his word and will hold firm on his endorsements of incumbents Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) for State Assembly in the 26th district.
Since then, DeCroce lost the organization line at the Morris County Republican convention to Christian Barranco, who is now running with Webber in all three counties in the district.
“Some people have asked me whether I would rescind my support for my Assembly colleagues and change that support to Christian. Months ago, I had given my word of support to both of my Assembly partners,” Pennacchio said. “I cannot and will not go back on that word. I want my constituents and all to know that I honor my word and commitments. Arbitrarily going back on my word may give people pause to think of my future commitments as well. I will not let that happen.
Pennacchio is unopposed in the Republican primary in his bid for a fifth term in the State Senate.
Citing the “changing dynamics of this campaign,” Pennacchio said he will run his own campaign until Republicans nominate the Assembly slate.
“This primary election is too important for me to possibly add to any distractions of our upcoming general election in November,” Pennacchio said. “The choice of Jay, BettyLou or Christian is far superior to any candidates the Democrats may choose to run for the Assembly.”