More than thirty years after giving up the Morris County Republican chairmanship to take a seat in the New Jersey State Assembly, C. Richard Kamin is back.
In anticipation of a tough general election campaign against an energized and emerging Democratic party, newly-elected Morris County GOP Chairman Ron DeFilippis has brought in the 73-year old Kamin as his new political director. DeFilippis had previously named State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio as his executive director.
DeFilippis went in a different direction by picking Kamin. Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson named 22-year-old Ore Obiwumi as his political director earlier this year. Obiwumi was the field director on Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano’s 2017 campaign.
Morris County has 33,735 more Republicans than Democrats. That’s down from 41,912 a decade ago. Democrats, who haven’t won a countywide race in 45 years, picked up nearly two dozen local seats last year, including the prized Parsippany mayoral post, and State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) won his seventh term with just 52%.
This year, Democrats have taken aim at embattled Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, and think they can win some freeholder seats. They are also focused on congressional races in the 7th and 11th districts.
Kamin was elected county chairman in 1983 and to the Assembly in 1986 after Karl Weidel resigned to take a job at the Department of Insurance. Kamin left the Assembly in 1994 after Gov. Christine Todd Whitman named him director of the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles.