Susan L. Enderly, a longtime GOP activist, has lost party support for another term as the Republican State Committeewoman from Passaic County.
Kelley Amico, the Little Falls Republican municipal vice chair, will run for state committee on the organization line. Amico was the choice of Peter Murphy, the GOP county chairman, and her nomination was ratified by acclamation by the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization’s Executive Committee on Saturday.
In Passaic, the Republican county chairman picks the state committee members, with the executive committee giving the choice of an up or down vote.
The 58-year-old Enderly could be the first casualty of a fractious fight over the Republican state chairmanship last December.
Enderly, a supporter of Doug Steinhardt’s campaign for governor, backed Michael Lavery in a special election to replace Steinhardt as state chairman.
The state committeeman from Passaic County, Matt Conlon, cast his vote for Bob Hugin.
Lavery defeated Hugin, the former GOP U.S. Senate candidate, by a vote of 24-18. Steinhardt backed Lavery while Hugin got the endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.
Passaic Republicans picked Conlon, a former West Milford school board member and GOP municipal chairman, to run for a full four-year term as state committeeman.
Conlon, 28, was appointed last December following the resignation of John F. Capo, a Totowa councilman and Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Locals 2, 4 & 5 officer.
Enderly was elected in 2017 to replace State Committeewoman Marie Sieber.
Amico, a former county jail employee, unsuccessfully sought a Little Falls council seat last year.