New Jersey’s newest state senator is taking sides in a contentious intra-party fight over a State Assembly seat 60 miles away from her Bergen County district.
State Sen.-elect Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) today endorsed Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) in a last ditch effort to save the two-term assemblywoman from losing part support at Thursday’s Monmouth GOP convention.
Republican County Chairman Shaun Golden is seeking to dump DiMaso from the organization line and replace her with Vicky Flynn, the Holmdel school board president.
Schepisi, who will give up her State Assembly seat on March 25 to move up to the Senate, called DiMaso “a steadfast fighter for responsible policies and her expertise in public safety has been integral as we’ve faced the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“At a time when our State is faced with increasing fiscal problems and an ongoing public health crisis, we need more leaders like Serena, not less,” Schepisi said. “I have watched, firsthand, Serena passionately stand up for what is good and what is right — a loud voice of reason amongst chaos.”
Golden told Republicans he wants to drop DiMaso from the ticket because of unethical behavior and missing key Assembly votes while in vacation.