Monmouth County GOP Committee Chairman Joe Oxley is poised to leave his chairmanship for a superior court judgeship, sources tell PolitickerNJ.com.
A former Monmouth County sheriff, Oxley will have served as Republican chairman for four years when his tenure likely ends, probably sometime next year.
An attorney for Scarinci and Hollenbeck, Oxley is too close to Donald Scarinci, a key political adviser to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), according to at least one GOP source. The source says Oxley would be better suited out of the chairman’s seat by the time state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) intensifies a public effort to challenge Menendez.
But a source close to Kyrillos says that’s not true; that if anything, Kyrillos would prefer having Oxley stay through the nominating convention for the sake of keeping the party committee coalesced around a Kyrillos Senate candidacy.
Christine Hanlon, a law partner at the Shrewsbury firm of Brian Nelson, is the frontrunner to succeed Oxley, but there may be other contenders for the seat, including former Senate President John Bennett and former Assemblyman Steve Corodemus.