Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt has decided to run for reelection rather than make a bid for the state assembly in the Republican primary.
“We had three good candidates, and we had a decision reached by those folks. I’m not going to question that decision. It is what it is. You move on,” he said. “I have a lot of things I’m working on at the county level and I really enjoy my job.”
Holt initially wanted to run for state senate in a special convention against Assembly members Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan) and Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) to fill the seat of newly elected U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton). Karrow won that contest, but Doherty plans to challenge her again in the June primary, leaving his assembly seat open. After dropping out before the state senate convention, Holt decided to run for Karrow’s old assembly seat, but came in third behind Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio and fellow Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson at a follow-up convention.
Peterson and DiMaio will be the Hunterdon Republican organization-backed candidates in the upcoming primaries, while Doherty Chief of Staff Ed Smith is running as well.