Morris County Republican Chairman Ron DeFilippis has temporarily relinquished his post for personal and health reasons.
Vice Chair Laura Marie Ali will serve as Acting County Chair during DeFilippis’ absence.
“I urge everyone to give her their 100% support,” DeFilippis said in a letter dated November 9. “Now is the time for united and focused leadership. Morris County Republicans deserve no less.”
Ali will run the day-to-day operations of the county organization, including a special election convention on Thursday night to fill Anthony M. Bucco’s vacant 25th district Assembly seat.
“While he faced personal and medical challenges, his commitment to MCRC never wavered,” the Morris GOP said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that while Ron was receiving necessary care this week in the hospital, he was the object of hateful and unwarranted criticism. We hope all Republicans can move forward with Ron’s example of selfless behavior and dedication to the people and the Party.”
DeFilippis was elected to a two-year term as county chairman in June 2018 by four votes. Ali was his running mate.
“The entire executive board of MCRC wishes to thank Ron for all of his selfless efforts and is sending him positive vibes and prayers,” the GOP statement said.
It is not immediately clear whether DeFilippis will seek re-election to a second term.
Morris Republicans held on to all of their legislative seats in 2019 and continued a 45-year winning streak of countywide elections.
“Spring-boarding from an excellent election season, we know that our current momentum will assure that the Republican Party in Morris County will be the benchmark of success for the entire state of New Jersey,” the GOP statement said. “We know that working together can ensure bigger victories, larger successes and greater prosperity. All are welcome to join MCRC’s big tent.”Ron DeFilippis letter November 9 2019