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Warren County Commissioner James W. Kern III. (Photo: Jim Kern.)

Kern locks down party support for re-election as Warren Commissioner

By David Wildstein, January 08 2021 4:14 pm

Warren County Commissioner James W. Kern III today announced his bid for re-election to a second term with broad support from county Republican leaders.

Kern, 32, who became the first director of the Board of Commissioners when they reorganized earlier this month, won an open seat without opposition in 2018.

“These past two years have certainly flown by,” Kern said.  “Our board has accomplished many great things like the lowest county budget in 15 years, increased communication among our municipalities and making county government more transparent. 2020, no question, was overshadowed by COVID-19, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel that we can now finally see.

Backing Kern’s re-election bid are State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford), Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown), Commissioners Jason Sarnoski and Lori Ciesla, and Warren County Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt.

“Under his leadership, county taxes have remained flat and county debt has been dramatically reduced. In 2020, Warren County had its smallest budget in 15 years,” Doherty said of Kern.  “Jim has been a tireless defender of the taxpayers.”

Kern also drew wide praise from his county commissioner colleagues.

Ciesla said that Kern has made an “impressive impact on the county in his first term.”

“He took the lead on our County-wide COVID plan and has worked hard to make sure we got our share of the COVID relief funds,” said Sarnoski.  “He is helping keep Warren County the beautiful place we all love.”

Also adding the support to Kern: Republican mayors in Allamuchy, Belvidere, Blairstown, Frelinghuysen, Greenwich, Hackettstown, Hardwick, Harmony, Knowlton, Liberty, Lopatcong, Oxford, Phillipsburg, Pohatcong, and Washington, and the deputy mayor of Hope.

He also has endorsements from Republican Vice Chair Nancy Brown, State Committeewoman Mary Van Lieu, and Jodee Inscho, the secretary of the county GOP organization.

Kern was elected to the Pohatcong Township Council in 2010, defeating two incumbents while still finishing his senior year at Rutgers.  He was elected Mayor in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015 with 88% of the vote.

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