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Lineless Morris GOP is broke

By David Wildstein, February 01 2018 10:51 am

The Morris County Republican Committee, once the premier GOP county in the state, is broke, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.  The party has $9,011 in the bank, but with debts they are carrying, the lineless organization has a net worth of -$10,989.

The party’s financial woes come just as Morris is competing to keep a congressional seat following the sudden retirement of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), is broke.  Morris, which for years billed itself as New Jersey’s #1 Republican County, has less cash than nineteen other GOP county organizations.  That ranking could get worse: Hudson County Republicans are late in filing their report.

Democrats in Morris are in a substantially better financial position going into the 2017 election.  Democrats have a warchest of $167,392, although these numbers are from the third quarter ELEC report and does not reflect late spending in the 2017 election.

Republicans have a 7-0 majority on the Morris County Board of Freeholders; Democrats have not won since 1973.  In addition to Frelinghuysen, Republicans hold all legislative and county constitutional officer posts.

(Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the wrong year of the last Democratic win in a Morris freeholder race.  It was 1973, not 1979.)

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