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Mendham Township Mayor Sarah Neibart.

Top Hugin advisor seeking Blood’s Mendham seat

Christine Myers’ husband also short-listed

By David Wildstein, March 01 2018 8:35 am

The possible beneficiary of Rick Blood’s resignation for comparing undocumented immigrants to racoons is Sarah Neibart, the deputy campaign manager of Bob Hugin’s U.S. Senate campaign and the campaign manager for Rep. Scott Garrett’s 2016 re-election bid.

Blood resigned from the Mendham Township Committee last month after a controversial Facebook post became a major thing.  Blood apologized, but he couldn’t withstand the fallout and resigned the day it became an issue.

Neibart, 25, is one of three finalists for the post.  She began working in politics on a congressional campaign in Wisconsin and later worked at Koch Companies Private Sector.  She was the Ballot Access Director for Chris Christie’s presidential campaign; Christie lives in Mendham Township.  Neibart is the daughter-in-law of Sol Barer, the founder of Celgene and Hugin’s one-time boss.

Also under consideration for the Township Committee seat: Stan Gorski, the husband of Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers.  Myers began work last December as a Trump appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration and is not seeking re-election as freeholder.  She recently met with National Republican Congressional Committee regional political director Anthony Pileggi about a bid for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s 11th district seat; Myers would need to quit the Trump administration to make that race.

The third name submitted for the seat by the Mendham Township Republican Committee is Chris Anagnostis.   The governing body will pick one of the three names to fill Blood’s unexpired term.

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