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President Donald Trump in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Trump picks his New Jersey delegates

Christie, Testa, Pennacchio head slate of 46 candidates

By David Wildstein, March 31 2020 12:12 am

Former Gov. Chris Christie will head Donald Trump’s slate of 46 New Jersey delegates to the Republican National Convention, according to a list of candidates designated by the Trump-Pence campaign.

New Jersey has ten at-large delegates elected statewide, and each of the state’s congressional districts has three delegates.  There is an equal number of alternates.

Joining Christie on the at-large slate: State Sens. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland), Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville), and Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa); and Essex County GOP Chairman Al Barlas.

Joanne Gilmore, the wife of former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, is on the statewide Trump slate with optometrist E. Bruce DiDonato, real estate services executive Edward Walsh, and longtime GOP fundraiser Munr Kazmir.

Also on the slate is 89-year-old Henry Kuhl, a former Hunterdon County GOP chairman who has been attending Republican National Conventions since Richard Nixon was a candidate.  His only loss was in 1976, when he ran on a slate pledged to Ronald Reagan that was beaten by Gerald Ford’s candidates.

Eight Republican county chairs will serve as district delegates: Laura Marie Ali (Morris); Linda Dubois (Salem); former Lumberton mayor Sean Earlen (Burlington); former Raritan council president Al Gaburo (Somerset); Peter Murphy (Passaic); former Old Bridge councilwoman Lucille Panos (Middlesex); Lisa Richford (Mercer); and former Hackensack mayor Jack Zisa (Bergen).

Another five — Richard Ambrosino (Camden), Keith Davis (Atlantic), Sheriff Shaun Golden (Monmouth), former Mountainside councilman Glenn Mortimer (Union), and Jerry Scanlon (Sussex) – are slotted as alternates.

Republican State Committee vice chair Lynda Pagliughi is also a delegate, along with State Sen. Sam Thompson (R-Old Bridge), former Burlington County GOP Chairman Bill Layton and Jeffrey Michaels, a former chief of staff to Gov. Donald DiFrancesco.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Brick Republican Club president Ruthanne Scaturro, Middletown GOP municipal chairman Peter Carton, and Mendham Borough mayor Christine Serrano-Glassner are running for district delegate.

The at-large alternate delegate slate is made up of: former Republican State Chairman Michael Lavery; former Republican state party executive director Theresa Winegar; Bernards Township committeewoman Janice Fields, the Republican state committeewoman from Somerset County; Passaic County GOP state committeewoman Susan Enderly; Bergen County Republican state committeewoman Darlene Shotmeyer; John Azzariti; Stavros Christoudias;Alex Markowits; Thomas Ragukonis; and Dorothy Burger.

Alternate district delegate candidates include: Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Wantage), Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), Monmouth County freeholder Tom Arnone, former Assemblyman Guy Gregg (R-Washington), Hawthorne mayor Richard Goldberg, Hunterdon County freeholder Susan Soloway, and former Sayreville councilman Arthur Rittenhouse.

Additional delegate candidates: Mary Behm, Naomi Lubkin, Keith Walker, Tom Rotondi, Michael Thulen, Giovana Priolo Sullivan, Mike Vergara, Robert Bencivenga, Brian Kolendriski, John Scheuerman, Noelle Nepreux, Joseph Belnome, Ann Lauer, Melissa Debal, An Junhhyun, Mary Devon O’Brien, Eugeniusz Rachelski, Douglas Freeman, Kamie Harris, and Cynthia Larsen.

Stephen Bottiglieri, Erick Ford, Cynthia Balles, Robert Penza, Esther Libenschek, Emil Kaunitz, Duncan Prime, Jeffrey Polizzi, Angela Toscano, Faith Vohden, Jarret Branch, Brajesh Singh, Gynise Gotto, Fracisco Miqueli, Antonio Rico, Richard Miller, Rajeshkumar Patel, Dan Beckelman, Shane Berger, Lawrence DiMauro, Joanie Walsh, Antonio Kulberda, Mark Larsen and Kim Taylor are slated for district alternate delegate seats.

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