In the Morris County-based 25th district, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township), Freeholder Douglas Cabana, and Anthony Bucco, Jr., the son of a popular State Senator, are seeking the GOP nod for two Assembly seats. Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) is giving up his seat to seek the Republican nomination for Governor.
Carroll, one of the most conservative members of the Legislature, was first elected in 1995. Carroll and then-Assemblyman (now State Senator) Anthony Bucco defeated Merkt and then-Morris County Freeholder Christopher Christie in the GOP primary. Carroll has never been much of a fundraiser and doesn't always enjoy establishment political support, but his base has carried him through in Republican primaries. Carroll won by 1,923 votes when Cabana challenged him in the 2003 primary.
The most interesting part of this campaign: Cabana and Bucco, Jr. are brothers-in-law from the same town and with a history of disliking each other.
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