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Casha, Ramirez defeat husband-wife team for Morris GOP State Committee seats

By Nikita Biryukov, June 09 2021 12:13 am

Morris County Republican State Committee members Larry Casha and Christina Ramirez won re-election over a husband-and-wife team that sought to oust them.

Ali and Anna Aydin bracketed with gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh on his “Make New Jersey Great Again” slate in their bid to win two of 42 seats on the Republican State Committee.

Casha beat Ali Aydin 22,835-6,188. Ramirez defeated Anna Aydin 22,147-6,602.

The incumbents ran on Morris County’s first-ever party line, and they did so with the support of almost every Republican legislator in the county.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) and Sens. Steve Oroho (R-Frankling), Tony Bucco (R-Boonton), Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) and Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) endorsed the incumbents.

So did Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), Assembly members Hal Wirths (R-Hardyston), Parker Space (R-Wantage), Brian Bergen (R-Denville), Aura Dunn (R-Mendham), Chris DePhillips (R-Wyckoff) and Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff).

Casha and Ramirez were also endorsed by every Morris County Commissioner save Thomas Mastrangelo, who is running for Assembly in the 26th district. Sheriff Jim Gannon and County Clerk Ann Grossi supported their campaign as well.

The Aydins entered the race over dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election loss. The Long Valley residents’ favor for Trump is what led them to bracket with Singh, who has run as a fervently pro-Trump gubernatorial candidate.

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