Former Morris County Freeholder Robert Peluso has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for freeholder in Morris County.
“Unfortunately, my family obligations have changed dramatically in the last week. Due to personal issues confronting my family I will not be able to commit the time necessary to run a county-wide campaign effectively,” Peluso said. After considering the needs of my family at this time, and the time required for a campaign, I feel I cannot proceed with the campaign. My family and I would like to thank everyone who supported me. I look forward to future contests and hope that I can serve our community in a different capacity during this time.”
He is the second candidate to withdraw since filing day. Former Freeholder Hank Lyon ended his campaign last Friday.
Incumbent Deborah Smith is running on a slate with former freeholder John Krickus and former Mountain Lakes mayor Stephen Shaw. Freeholder John Cesaro is seeking re-election on a ticket with Aura Dunn, the top New Jersey staffer to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Peluso was running alone, and said he wanted to replace retiring Freeholder Christine Myers.
Peluso told the New Jersey Globe that he has not endorsed anyone in the freeholder race.