The race for Morris County Freeholder next month is now wide open following the announcement that one of the leading candidates, John Cesaro, has been charged with accepting bribes by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
Cesaro had been seeking support for a return to the freeholder board next month, when Republicans hold a special election convention to replace Heather Darling. Darling is resigning to become the new Morris County Surrogate.
It is not immediately clear whether Cesaro will remain in the race, although some Republicans said today that he would have had a tough time winning a majority of the county committee votes anyway.
Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen, former Pompton Lakes Councilman Christian Barranco and outgoing Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb are already seeking support for the seat.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly characterized Christian Barranco as a councilman from Pequannock. New Jersey Globe regrets the error.