Bucco officially launches campaign Dec. 9, while Cabana looks to rev up next year

The announcement that attorney Tony Bucco means to officially kick-off his District 25 Assembly campaign on Dec. 9th contrasts with his primary opponent and fellow attorney, Morris County Freeholder Douglas Cabana, who’s waiting to make his formal announcement in the new year.

“It’s time to be spending time with family and friends,” said Cabana. “I know where I have support, and it is unsolicited support.”

Bucco, son of state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), declared during the Republican National Convention that he would run for the seat vacated by Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), who’s retiring to run for governor.

Cabana simultaneously said he would run, but he continues to question the accelerated campaign cycle.

“I think we should have been focused on electing the Republicans running for office in the last campaign cycle,” said Cabana.

Bucco disagreed, saying that making his intentions known early got him on the trail where he could talk about Republicans – in addition to getting his own name out there.

“I’ve been plugging along,” he said. “To add to Sheriff Ed Rochford’s co-chairmanship of my campaign, I am honored to have another campaign co-chair in Clerk Joan Bramhall.

“Coming out early gave me an opportunity to get to know local candidates, and gave me an opportunity to talk to people on the ground, it was big advantage for me,” Bucco said.

Bucco officially launches campaign Dec. 9, while Cabana looks to rev up next year