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Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Patrick Torpey

Torpey retiring as Hunterdon GOP chairman

Alexandria Mayor Gabe Plummer likely to be next county chairman

By David Wildstein, June 24 2020 7:58 pm

Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Patrick Torpey will not seek re-election when his term expires next month to spend more time with his family.

Alexandria Mayor Gabe Plumer is expected to become the next county chairman.  He has the support of Torpey, who is running for first vice chairman on Plumer’s ticket, along with the current executive board.

The 32-year-old Plumer served as mayor and township committeeman from 2010 to 2014 and returned to office earlier this year.

The filing deadline to enter the race is Monday.

Torpey has served as county chairman since 2014.  He replaced Henry Y. Kuhl, who had led the local Republican organization for most of 35 years.

Hunterdon is one of seven New Jersey counties where Republicans hold every countywide elected office.  Hunterdon has 13,706 more Republicans than Democrats, and delivered a 5,970 vote plurality to Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) in his unsuccessful 2018 re-election bid.

Republicans also control Atlantic and Salem, but both elect Democrats to countywide office as well.

Torpey is the second county chairman to give up his post this year, although Torpey’s retirement was entirely voluntary.

In Cape May County, Marcus Karavan dropped his re-election bid rather than take on his predecessor, former Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue.

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