Morris County Confidential
MORRISTOWN – Boring can be good.
Especially if you are an Assembly member running for reelection with no apparent primary opposition.
That’s the fortunate position in which Aura Dunn finds herself in LD-25, which covers mostly Morris County.
The show must go on, of course, and Thursday night found Dunn hosting a fundraiser at a local bar.
She joked about the campaign slogan coined a few years ago – “Aura gets it Dunn.”
About 100 people attended the event, including as usual, various local officeholders. Dunn previously served as an aide to long-time Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, who left office in January, 2019.
“This is the beginning – again,” she said of her campaign.
Dunn lamented how hard it is to be a Republican in Trenton where the Dems control all levers of government.
Officially, Republicans are hoping to win big this fall and claim a majority in at least one of the two legislative bodies. But in truth, that is not going to be easy, especially in a low turnout election where many voters likely will be party regulars. There are about one million more registered Democrats in the state than Republicans.
The GOP needs to win six seats in the Senate and seven in the Assembly to take control.
Of more pressing concern for Republicans in northwest Jersey are primaries in both neighboring districts – 26 to to the east of Thursday night’s soiree and 24 to the west.
Dawn Fantasia, a Sussex County commissioner, was on hand. She is seeking one of two LD-24 Republican Assembly nominations along with Mike Inganamort, the mayor of Chester Township. Both have been endorsed by Morris County Republicans.
Their main opponents are the team of Jason Sarnoski, a Warren County commissioner, and Josh Aikens, the president of the Lafayette Board of Education.
Given the fact this is mostly a Sussex district, the Morris endorsement, while important, only goes so far.
In LD-26, a fierce battle is unfolding between veteran state Sen. Joe Pennacchio and challenger Tom Mastrangelo, who is now a county commissioner.
Pennacchio already is out with a Facebook post that shows an unflattering photo of Mastrangelo.
An announcer intones that Mastrangelo is a bully who harasses people when he doesn’t get his way.
Expect a response from Mastrangelo soon.
There’s nothing boring about this race.
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It would be nice if politicians really cared about us seniors when it was not an election year.