Murphy backs Casha in the 26th

Morris County Freeholder John Murphy has taken sides in the upcoming GOP primary for State Assembly in the 26th district: he will serve as Campaign Chairman for Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha, who is seeking the seat being vacated by State Senate candidate Joseph Pennacchio. That’s a potentially risky move for Murphy, who sought the GOP nomination for Governor in 2005 and is expected to run again in 2009. If Casha loses the ’07 primary to Jay Webber, Murphy could find himself with a problem from conservatives who view Webber as one of their rising stars, and with some serious holes in his Morris County Republican base. Of course, Murphy’s base could collapse anyway if U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie decides to run against Governor Jon Corzine.

Murphy backs Casha in the 26th