Shaun Golden is a strong competitor for governor, though it’s too early to back anyone for governor, State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) said Thursday.
“It’s premature for anyone to back anyone formally, but Shaun Golden is a hell of a strong candidate,” O’Scanlon said. “He’s my chairman. He’s my sheriff. He’s my friend, and given those facts, Shaun Golden would have a very strong likelihood of receiving my backing.”
Golden, who is Monmouth County Sheriff and GOP chairman, has not announced a gubernatorial bid. He is seeking re-election as sheriff this year.
The only Republican to signal his intent to challenge Gov. Phil Murphy is former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough), who lost to former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in 2017’s gubernatorial primary.