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Moench beats mayor in Bridgewater vote

Ex-Christie aide top incumbent to snag local party endorsement

By David Wildstein, February 06 2019 8:44 pm

Bridgewater Republicans voted tonight to endorse council president Matt Moench for mayor, setting up a possible primary fight with incumbent Daniel Hayes.

It is not immediately clear whether the vote of the local GOP organization will be enough for Somerset County Republicans to drop Hayes from their line.

Moench has been a councilman since 2008 and served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie in 2016.  He is a former assistant commissioner of Banking and Insurance.

“The support of our local committee is the only endorsement that has ever mattered to me, and it is with great pride that I will carry the BRMC banner into the primary election on June 4th,” Moench said in a statement released this evening. “This is a first step in a long journey, and in the days to come, our campaign will have more to say about our vision for the future of this town.”

Hayes announced his bid for re-election on Monday.

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