State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) isn’t worried about a Democratic wave in Morris County.
In recent years, the county has seen an increasing amount of Democratic victories, including the loss of Parsippany’s mayoral seat, in what has long been safely-Republican ground. Bucco’s own seat came close to flipping in 2017, when challenger Lisa Bhimani won 48% against the six-term state senator.
That was a significant move from 2013, when Democrats did not even run a candidate against Bucco. Still, Bucco thinks the shift is a temporary one caused by residents moving out of blue cities and into the less densely-populated Republican counties.
“They like what they see there. They like the tax rate they see – that’s why they’re coming up to us,” Bucco said. “But once they get there, they want everything that they left behind. It doesn’t make sense.”
Still, Bucco thinks that conditions in the county will bring those voters around.
“I think once they realize what they have in Morris County, I think they’ll maybe become Republicans also,” Bucco said. “It’s Republicans that created the reasons why they came here.”