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Anthony J. Somma, Jr. (Photo: Anthony Somma).

Selen gets his first challenger in Morris GOP commissioner race

Anthony Somma is a county committeeman in Randolph

By David Wildstein, January 05 2023 9:40 am

Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen has his first challenger as he seeks a second full term: Anthony Somma, a Randolph Republican county committeeman.

“We must not settle for candidates like my opponent whose public record includes voting to raise taxes nearly 6% in a single year, running for municipal, county, and federal offices four times in six years, embracing Democrat-style spending programs, and donating to Democrats like liberal icon Bill Pascrell at the expense of Republican candidates,” Somma said in an announcement email.

Somma, a benefits sales executive who turns 32 tomorrow, will take on Selen the GOP convention this winter, and possibly in the June primary.   He contributed to Hirsh Singh’s campaign for governor in 2021 and to Mike Crispi’s primary challenge to Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) in 2022.

“As a Republican, I am deeply concerned by the weakening of the Republican brand in Morris County, and as Republicans, we must do everything we can to restore trust in our party and trust in county government,” said Somma, a former Young Republican state committeeman from New Jersey.

Somma is carving out a conservative agenda in his bid to oust Selen, a former Chatham Township mayor who lost a GOP primary for Congress last year.

“Morris County’s cost-of-living crisis is out of control and misguided spending policies are to blame. We must end all reckless spending and stop borrowing money without voter approval,” he said.  “Perverse, state-mandated sex-ed curriculums and CRT propaganda have no place in our communities. We must empower parents to take back control of their children’s education.”

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