A former state assemblyman continues to serve as the Washington Township (Morris County) Republican Municipal Chairman even though he lives and votes in North Carolina.
Guy Gregg, who served in the legislature from 1994 to 2008, was a delegate representing Craven County to the North Carolina 3rd Congressional District Republican convention on Saturday.
Records show that Gregg voted in North Carolina in the 2020 presidential election after registering to vote in New Bern on September 19, 2020.
According to the Morris County Clerk’s office, Gregg remains the Republican county committeeman from Washington Township’s 8th district and is still the municipal chairman, even though he lives and votes in North Carolina.
Records show that Gregg sold his home in Washington Township in August 2020.
Gregg did not vote in New Jersey in the last general election and the statewide voter registration system lists him as an inactive registered voter.
Morris County Republicans told the New Jersey Globe that Gregg has not yet resigned as municipal chairman, but because they were aware that he lived in North Carolina, he was not permitted to vote on any party matters – including the Republican county convention.
Gregg said on Monday that he moved to North Carolina in March 2020 and that he resigned his municipal chair post earlier this year.
“I am not the municipal chair and have not been the chair since January,” Gregg said. I guess I was supposed to tell the county clerk as soon as I sold the house.”
According to Gregg, the municipal vice chair has also moved out of Washington Township and that the treasurer, Richard Wall, is the acting municipal chair until a new election can be held.
The onetime restauranteur – he owned the Publick House tavern in Chester – briefly sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2002. He dropped out of the race hours before the filing deadline and instead endorsed Essex County Executive Jim Treffinger to take on incumbent Bob Torricelli. Treffinger ended his campaign several days later.
Gregg’s career in the legislature ended in 2007 when he lost a bid the Republican primary for State Senate in the 24th district. The longtime incumbent, Robert Littell (R-Franklin), was retiring after 40 years in Trenton.
Steve Oroho (R-Franklin), then a Sussex County freeholder, defeated Gregg by 385 votes, 51%-49%.
Gregg mounted a political comeback in 2018 when he was elected sergeant-at-arms of the Morris County Republican Committee.
Washington Township remains a GOP stronghold, with a 5-0 Republican majority on the township committee.
This story was updated at 11:07 AM on April 19 with comment from Gregg.