If Parsippany mayor wins 2nd term, could he be Dems best shot to unseat Pennacchio?

Parsippany, the largest town in solidly Republican Morris County, has not had a Republican mayor in fourteen years. In 2005, Democrat Michael Luther won his first term as mayor by a scant 39-vote margin – a contest that spent two years in court. Luther faces Republican Councilman Jamie Barberio this fall. If Luther wins, look for some Democrats to recruit him to run for State Senator in 2011 against the incumbent, Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville).

Parsippany (pop. 50,649), is a town of ticket-splitters. Despite Democratic victories in the last four mayoral races, Republicans have held a firm grip on the Township Council. Barack Obama and Frank Lautenberg both carried the town by more than a thousand votes in 2008. Robert Menendez lost it by less than 100 votes in 2006, and Jon Corzine lost it by less than 700 votes in 2005. But Republicans like Pennacchio and U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) carry the town easily as well.

 

If Parsippany mayor wins 2nd term, could he be Dems best shot to unseat Pennacchio?