Tired of Trenton politics, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township) said he will leave the General Assembly when his term expires to seek a position as Morris County surrogate.
“I’m not going to run for this job no matter what. I’m done with this,” Carroll said. Then, pointing to his head, he said, “You see this, this is a flat head. It’s from beating your head against the wall for 24 years. that’s enough time.”
Still, Carroll, who has served in the Assembly since 1996, acknowledged the outside chance that circumstance could keep him from running.
He didn’t elaborate on what those circumstances might be, but it seems like there’s little chance Carroll, whose term ends in 2020, will stay in Trenton regardless of how a run for surrogate turns out.
“I will definitely run if circumstances haven’t changed between then and now. That’s my plan at this juncture,” Carroll said of the surrogate seat. “It’s a job I’ve always wanted. I like it. It’s a good place to do a lot of quiet service when you can actually do good things and not have to beat your head against the wall coming out of Trenton.”
Republican John Pecoraro, first elected in 1994, has said he will not seek re-election next year. Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana is reportedly interested in running.