Burlington County Republicans held off an aggressive and well-financed challenge from South Jersey Democrats this week, winning races for State Senate and Assembly in the 8th district — a GOP pickup after Francis Bodine switched parties — and contests for Freeholder and Sheriff. Glenn Paulsen, who returned as the key party leader after a brief hiatus and helped depose Burlington County GOP Chairman Michael Warner, seems to be strong — despite a public feud with State Senator Diane Allen.
But Paulsen is not expected to return to the chairmanship; he'll do what George Norcross did in Camden County and loom large as the power behind the scenese. He is expected to ask Republicans to elect his ally (and neighbor), lobbyist Bill Layton, as the new County Chairman. No date has been set for the election, and Dawn Lacey continues to serve as Acting Chair.
Some Republicans seem impressed with Layton's leadership during the 2006 general — he ran the day to day campaign — and it seems that the former New Jersey Republican State Committee Political Director won't meet with much opposition when Republicans finally meet to pick a Warner replacement.