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Al Gaburo. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Gaburo shifts from county chairman to state committeeman

By David Wildstein, July 26 2020 4:43 pm

Al Gaburo stepped down last week after five terms as the Somerset County Republican Chairman, but wound up winning another post: he’s the new GOP State Committeeman.

Gaburo replaced Scott Ross, who stepped aside one year early to allow Gaburo to take the seat.

The move keeps Gaburo engaged in county Republican politics.  That helps the new county chairman, Tim Howes, retain Gaburo’s fundraising prowess and institutional knowledge in a county that has become politically competitive and since January, controlled by Democrats.

Ross, a former chief of staff to Assembly Minority Conference Leader Peter Biondi, was elected to the State Committee in 2017 to replace Victor Sordillo.   He is currently the associate director of the New Jersey Petroleum Council.

Gaburo is playing an outsized statewide role as a top strategist for former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s campaign for the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Howes was unopposed in his bid to become just the fifth person to head the Somerset County Republicans since Dwight Eisenhower’s first term as president.

Luke Gray was the Somerset County Republican boss for more than thirty years until his death in 1984.

After Gray died, the party chairmanship went to Assemblyman Jack Penn (R-Watchung).  Penn was succeeded by Dale Florio, who is Gaburo’s partner in a Trenton lobbying firm.

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