Stephen Reid will drop his bid for the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 10th district and seek re-election as mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Ocean County Republican Steering Committee voted on Saturday to recommend Brick Republican Club president John Catalano for the seat of retiring Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Brick).
Reid is expected to announce tomorrow that he will not pursue the nod at the upcoming Ocean County Republican convention.
He had secured the endorsements of former State Sen. Andrew Ciesla (R-Brick) and the Republican mayors of Toms River, Manchester, Mantoloking, Island Heights, Lavallette and Seaside Heights.
Reid is a longtime fixture in Trenton, starting as an aide to Christine Todd Whitman in the governor’s office and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as the owner of a public affairs firm.
He was appointed to the borough council in 2011 and was elected mayor in 2015.
Councilman Paul Kanitra had said he would run for mayor if Reid ran for Assembly. Kanitra is now expected to remain in the race.
Wolfe is retiring after 28 years in the State Assembly.