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State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton)

Bucco: Contentious Morris GOP chairman race not an issue

By Nikita Biryukov, May 02 2018 12:48 am

An increasingly caustic race for the chairmanship of the Morris County Republican Organization isn’t worrying state Sen. Anthony Bucco.

“I don’t think it’s a newsworthy story at this time,” Bucco said. “You have two people – we’ve had that in the past where we had more than one person – looking to become chairman of the committee. It’s worked out, and I’m sure it’ll work out again.”

Morris County Republican Finance Chairman Ron DeFilippis faces Rob Zwigard in the race for chairmanship of the county.

At issue in the race is DeFilippis’ handling of the county party’s funds, including a fundraiser at the Trump National, featuring Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld, that cost the party more than $55,000 and appears to have lost money.

Events with similarly high-profile guests have left Morris County Republicans with just $13,956 in their coffers as the county faces the first potentially competitive general election in decades.

While November does not worry Bucco, the tone the Republican race has taken does. He views the vitriol in the race as harmful to the party and worries that failing to unite after the elections in June could harm Morris Republicans moving forward.

Bucco seems intent on not adding any fuel to that fire and letting the fight for the county chairmanship run its course.

“We’re watching it closely and seeing what happens, and you know, I don’t think there’s a real race going on,” Bucco said. “There’s two people that are interested in getting the chairman of the party, and we’ll see what happens.”

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