Morris County political insiders say the race for the vacated assembly seat in District 25 will come down to Tony Bucco and Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana, both of Boonton Township.
Bucco, son of state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), officially entered the race late last year, and his brother-in-law, Cabana, is set to kick-off his own campaign on Jan. 13th.
But Randolph Councilman Gary Algeier – who three years ago pursued an unsuccessful run for freeholder – says don’t count him out of the assembly contest.
“A lot of people have asked me but I haven’t made a decision yet,” he told PolitickerNJ.com. “At the moment, I’m keeping my options open. With Rick Merkt stepping down, it opens a lot of possibilities.”
Like Bucco and Cabana, Algeier is an attorney. If he decides to run in the Republican primary, he would have a foothold in the western part of Morris and could try to benefit from Bucco and Cabana finishing each other off in a mad scramble for local Boonton votes.
“I’ll take votes wherever I can get them,” said Algeier. “I can tell you that if I run it’s going to be pretty hard to mine votes out of Boonton. Of the 17 towns in the district, I would consider 15 of them open.”
The councilman wouldn’t give specifics about what conditions he would need to get in the race, only that we would make a final decision “pretty soon.”