Attention shifts to the primary season now and among those contests impacting the GOP is a Senate contest between incumbent state Sen. Tony Bucco (R-25) and challenger Bill Chegwidden, a freeholder and local mayor.
A proven Morris County brand and veteran of the Senate since 1998, Buccco nonetheless is not taking Chegwidden’s challenge for granted, and today released the endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie.
“I endorse Tony Bucco for State Senate, and I will be voting for him on June 7th,” said the governor, a Mendham resident.
“Tony Bucco is my State Senator, and like many Republicans living in Morris County, I know that he deservedly has a great reputation as someone who always puts constituents first, and fights to bring a more conservative, smaller government approach to Trenton. I need him by my side as we continue to cut spending and tackle the special interests who oppose the reforms we so desperately need,” Christie added. “As the President of a small business, he’s also created jobs and knows what it means to balance a budget and demand accountability. Tony has cut spending, cut taxes, helped create a 2% property tax cap and voted for pension and benefit reforms. Without a doubt, Senator Tony Bucco has my support and my vote on June 7th.”
Bucco has received a long line of Republican endorsements, including U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Morris County Freeholders Ann Grossi and Tom Mastrangelo, Sheriff Ed Rochford, Clerk Joan Bramhall, Surrogate John Pecoraro, Republican State Committeewoman Christina Ramirez, the Somerset County Republican Organization, and dozens of local Republican elected officials.