Hamilton GOP still not set on Goodwin replacement

Republicans have still not agreed on a candidate to run for Thomas Goodwin’s Hamilton Township Council seat.  Goodwin resigned last month to take his seat in the State Senate, and the other four members of the Council must pick his replacement.  Three candidates are vying for the seat: Rob Calabro, a restaurant owner who has run unsuccessfully for Freeholder and Assemblyman; municipal public defender Edward Gore, a longtime Senate GOP staffer and onetime aide to U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton); and Fred Brodzinski, a former Ramapo College Dean of Students.   The new councilman will need to run in a November special election for the remaining 48 months of Goodwin’s term.  Democrats are expected to run Joseph Santo, the president of the Trenton Education Association.  That sets up an interesting contest between a school teacher and a Republican allied with Gov. Christopher Christie in a town with a huge number of public employees.

Hamilton GOP still not set on Goodwin replacement