The newly-elected Morris County Republican Chairman has asked GOP candidates to sign non-disclosure agreements before he will discuss funding their campaigns, according to three sources who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
Ron DeFilippis, who held a unity breakfast on Tuesday to mend fences after a divisive primary and party leadership fight, has refused to discuss the upcoming freeholder campaign with his candidates unless they sign an agreement that would prohibit them from discussing internal campaign meetings.
He last met with his candidates on July 19, when he reportedly told them that the party was out of money and that he could not commit to funding their campaign until after a series of July fundraisers. Since then, DeFilippis has snubbed his own candidates who refused to sign the non-disclosure agreement. The candidates, the sources say, are moving toward raising their own money and not depending upon DeFilippis.
DeFilippis faces severe challenges during his first five weeks as county chairman, especially as Democrats look to poach Republican endorsements and win countywide races for the first time in 46 years. The party continues to struggle financially: a unity breakfast, headlined by former Gov. Chris Christie, brought in about $4,000.