The race for Monmouth GOP Chairman

The withdrawal of Sheriff Joseph Oxley as a candidate for Monmouth County Republican Chairman has led to a fair amount of chaos in the contest to replace Frederick Niemann. Red Bank GOP Municipal Chairman James Giannell entered the race last weekend, and former Freeholder Edward Stominski and Mel Hood are already in the race. Middetown GOP Municipal Chairman Peter Carton, former Republican State Committee Executive Director Brian Nelson, and former Whitman staffer Madeline Ferraro have also been quitely mulling the race, but none of the three are expected to actually run. Some local party leaders in Aberden want Adam Puharic, the spokesperson for Meridian Health and the head of the highly-regarded Michael’s Feat (which helps families of seriously ill newborns) to run. Looming large for Giannell were assualt charges filed against him last summer by two older women who had been associated with his real estate office. Several potential candidates have left the door open to run, but one name getting increased attention is Little Silver Councilman Declan O’Scanlon, who came within 61 votes of ousting Assemblyman Michael Panter last year. Some Republicans say that former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Gagliano might consider entering the race with a pledge to serve just one term, in order to help smooth the transition of a powerful county GOP organization that seems to be facing much turmoil.

The race for Monmouth GOP Chairman