Former Washington Township Mayor John Krickus will challenge three incumbent Morris County freeholders in the June GOP primary.
Krickus, 49, served on the Washington Township council between 1993 and 2004 – as mayor for three of those years. His freeholder campaign platform centers on cutting the county’s workforce; freezing county workers’ salaries for two years and requiring “significant” contributions to their health care plans; and using any future revenue growth for tax relief.
“Morris County’s taxpayers and their families find themselves in a financial crisis,” said Krickus. “I intend to bring a sense of urgency reflecting these concerns to the Freeholder Board.”
The three incumbent Republican freeholders who are up for reelection – Jack Schrier, James Murray and Doug Cabana – announced last month that they will run on the same ticket, along with Sheriff Edward Rochford.
Krickus specifically targeted Schrier over his leadership of the Highlands Council.
“Freeholder incumbent Jack Schrier is currently head of the Highlands Council, which was correctly savaged by Governor Christie’s transition report as a ‘disaster on multiple levels”’ that ‘has added multiple layers of bureaucracy,’” he said. “The Highlands law is a fiscal and constitutional disaster, and the act should be scrapped immediately, giving Morris County back the freedom to guide its own planning and development.”
The winners of the GOP primary in traditionally Republican Morris County typically go on to an easy victory in the November general election.