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Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen. (Photo: Tayfun Selen).

Selen will seek re-election as Morris County Commissioner

Bid for another term follows unsuccessful GOP primary for Congress

By David Wildstein, November 21 2022 4:13 pm

Touting endorsements from top Republican elected officials, Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen announced his bid for re-election today.

Selen entered the race with support from Sheriff Jim Gannon and every county commissioner, with the exception of Thomas Mastrangelo.  He also announced endorsements twenty Morris County mayors and mayors-elect.

“Having served alongside Tayfun for three years now in county government, I know he brings a valuable outside business perspective that benefits all of us. His many years in corporate America managing nine-figure budgets and hundreds of employees makes him a real asset to Morris County,” said Doug Cabana, one of the longest serving county commissioners in the state. “With inflation driving up the cost of everything from groceries to gas, it’s important now more than ever that we elect proven conservatives like Tayfun to avoid higher taxes and keep things affordable for families and seniors.  I’m proud to stand with him.”

A former mayor of Chatham Township, Selen looked to be vulnerable in June when he unexpectedly lost the GOP primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district to Paul DeGroot, a former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor from Montville.

He had the organization line in Morris and Essex, but the outpolled DeGroot by 1,096 and 66 votes, respectively.   DeGroot beat him in Passaic County by 69 percentage points, giving him a 1,280-vote, 39%-35% win.  Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) defeated DeGroot in the general election by nearly 19 points.

Selen won a special election convention to fill an open freeholder seat in January 2020 with 50.8% on the first ballot in a field of six candidates.

In a November 2020 race for a full term, Selen defeated Democrat Cary Amaro by 12,758 votes, 52%-48%, despite Democrats Joe Biden and Cory Booker carrying Morris County.

Endorsements for Selen came from: County Commissioners John Krickus, Deborah Smith, Steve Shaw, Kathy DeFilippo and Cabana, Commissioner-elect Christine Myers; the mayors of Boonton, Butler, Chatham Township, Denville, Hanover, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Mendham Borough, Montville, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Roxbury, Pequannock, Riverdale, Rockaway, Washington and Wharton.

“Tayfun gets it – not only as a business executive, but as a former Mayor who understands the pressures local officials go through to balance budgets and invest in their communities,” said Jefferson Mayor Eric Wilsusen.  “As someone who has stopped tax hikes four years in a row, including cutting property taxes in 2019, voters can trust they have someone looking out for them.”

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