McMorrow to assume Freehold Twp. Committee seat as a Republican

In a sign of a Democratic Party floundering to stand upright in the aftermath of Gov. Chris Christie’s overwhelming victory here last year, former Monmouth County Freeholder Barbara McMorrow wants to get back into elected office – as a Republican.

The first Democrat to break the GOP stranglehold on the freeholder board in 2006, and launch what became the briefest of Dem majorities in 2008 before she cited health issues in her resignation amid back stories of her fighting with Democratic Party leadership, McMorrow intends to occupy the Freehold Twp. Committee seat of Mayor Dorothy Avallone, who retired last week.

“I’m assuming she’ll be sworn in at the next committee meeting,” an approving Avallone told

Other Republicans also embraced the former Democratic freeholder director, whom Avallone confirmed as having changed parties.

“I like the news very much,” said Freeholder John Curley, who described McMorrow’s recent party switch as “well known in Republican Party circles.

“She’s certainly very well liked,” added Curley, who last year defeated Middletown Committeeman Sean Byrnes, who subbed for the ailing McMorrrow.

Crestfallen Monmouth County Democratic Party sources said they learned yesterday of the news following sightings of McMorrow happily campaigning with Freeholder Rob Clifton and his freeholder running mate, Neptune Mayor Tom Arnone.

McMorrow to assume Freehold Twp. Committee seat as a Republican