Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore told fellow Republicans this evening that he would not seek another term as chair of the Republican county chairmen.
The powerful Republican Party leader has served in that capacity for eight years.
Gilmore sent a letter to his fellow party chairmen of the 21 counties indicating his intentions in advance of a meeting the GOP leaders will convene, probably before the end of the month.
"I'm calling a meeting to set up a committee to appoint officers," Gilmore told PolitickerNJ.com.
It has been a tough year for Gilmore at the national and local levels.
He was the lead Jersey organizer for the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, and took that loss after personally campaigning for the former New York mayor in the lead-up to the Florida primary.
Republican candidates running for the Jackson Town Council were blown out on May 5th.
But most significantly, Gilmore's 3rd District congressional candidate fought in the vanguard of an Ocean versus Burlington war that resulted in the Burlington County GOP-backed Chris Myers burying Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly.
Gilmore said the culmination of losses had nothing to do with his decision not to continue as chairman of the GOP chairs.
"I made the decision a good six months ago," the Ocean County chairman said. "Giuliani would have easily won New Jersey had he still been in the race.
"The biggest factor in my decision was my two children," Gilmore added. "I also don't think anyone understands the duties of county chairs, which alone are tremendous. In any event, my fellow county chairs have been gracious in letting me serve."