GOP Source: The Arango Alternative for Guadagno’s State Party Chairman

NJ Republican Party Chairman Doug Steinhardt

While Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango is the favorite to nab the state party chairmanship in Guadagno World, another name has surfaced as a possible consensus pick.

Warren County GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt.

Arango warred with the chairs who backed Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), and there’s a lingering case of bad blood.

While Steinhardt quietly backed Guadagno, he maintained good relations with Somerset GOP Chairman Al Gaburo, Essex Chairman Al Barlas, and Burlington GOP Chair Bill Layton.

A veteran party leader from the most conservative region of the state, Steinhardt could prove a steady hand and a way to heal a fractured party looking at heavy lift prospects in a general election fight with Democratic nominee Phil Murphy.

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