Longtime Morris County GOP Chairman John Sette retired today, he told PolitickerNJ.com.
“It was just time to pass the baton,” said Sette. “Ten years is a long time.”
Sette said he supports former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino to serve as chair.
Patti Page is the acting chair until June at which time the party organization will have its annual convention.
“I never lost a freeholder race,” Sette told PolitickerNJ.com.
“Chairman John Sette has been an effective and dedicated leader in Morris County,” said Gov. Chris Christie. “John has helped Republicans win key races in Morris County time and time again and I am thankful for his help to my own race in 2009. He will be missed.”
The likely ascension of Inglesino to the party chairmanship would put a key ally of Christie’s in the command chair of the big Republican county a year before the 2013 Republican Primary for governor. Sources say Christie wants the trusted Inglesino in place when he heads into statewide battle.
Inglesino is a close friend of the governor’s going back to when the two men served on the county freeholder board. He’s also an attorney with Inglesino, Pearlman, Wyciskala & Taylor in Parsippany, and a lobbyist with Impact NJ.
“John Sette has done a tremendous job as chairman,” Inglesino told PolitickerNJ.com. “His will be enormous shoes to fill. Everyone owes John Sette a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
Inglesino wants the job.
“It’s something I would like to do, it’s certainly something I’m willing to do,” Inglesino said. “There is no question I whole-heartedly support this governor. When he ran for governor I knew he would be a great governor. I will support him the next time because he has proven to be a great governor. My focus will be on delivering a record plurality from Morris County to re-elect him.”