A leading grassroots supporter of President Donald Trump has endorsed Jon Bramnick for re-election, six months after saying the Assembly Minority Leader could face a primary challenge if he didn’t stop bashing the president.
Steven Rogers, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate who is playing a leading role in Trump’s re-election campaign, said the independent candidacies of Martin Marks and Harry P. Pappas are meant to be spoilers to help Democrats pickup Assembly seats in the 21st district.
Marks, a former Scotch Plains mayor, and Pappas, hugely controversial former Union County Democratic Chairman, filed today to run as Independent Conservatives against Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit), and the winners of today’s Democratic primary.
“It is very disturbing that Mr. Marks and Pappas would file to run for office against Assemblyman Bramnick,” said Rogers, a Nutley Town Commissioner and former GOP gubernatorial candidate. “The only thing they will possibly achieve is to take critical votes away from Assemblyman Bramnick and hand the Democrats a victory. “
Last November, Rogers cautioned Bramnick that “he will never win Dem or Independent votes by appeasing them via bashing Trump. In fact, he is in the process of losing GOP grassroots support because of his rhetoric.”
“I have been very consistent in advising individuals like Martin and Pappas to put away their personal agenda and work with, not against what is in the best interest of our state and country,” said Rogers. “Make no mistake that I fully support Assemblyman Bramnick, who in my view may be New Jersey’s last best hope for our great state to recover from the tragic story that has been written by Governor Murphy and the Democratic Party.”