Former Gov candidate Steele gets in LD26 scrum

Count Gary Steele in.

The buried 2009 Republican gubernatorial candidate from Kinnelon called county chairs today and told them he wants a piece of the LD 26 fight, scheduled for tomorrow night at the Zeris Inn.

So, to review, here are the candidates: Betty Lou DeCroce, the widow of Assembly Speaker Alex DeCroce; former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha, Rockaway Mayor Louis Sceusi, and Steele – from Casha’s hometown.

As the establishment fave, DeCroce immediately became a target for Casha, an attorney in Montville.

A 2007 Assembly candidate casualty to Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), Casha’s going aggressively at DeCroce in an attempt to break up the inevitability factor. He sent a letter to GOP committee members over the weekend in which he bashed DeCroce.

“When it comes time to vote, what will you choose?” he asks in the message.

The two options?

“Unqualified entitlement – Betty Lou DeCroce  – 20-plus years as Roxbury Clerk, retired; and 18 months as a political appointee, deputy commissioner, Dept. of Community Affairs.”

Or

“Qualified experience: Larry has run a successful business for 32 years; Larry is a former Kinnelon Councilman and Council President where he kept the local tax rate virtually flat for five years; Larry is a former trustee at the County College of Morris; Larry served on the Board of Morris First Night and volunteers legal services to the Montville First Aid Squad and Fire Dept.; Larry currently serves as Kinnelon Republican Committee Chairman; Larry also serves as Morris County Republican State Committeeman.”

One insider regarded the communication as Casha drawing blood heading into tomorrow’s contest.

Former Gov candidate Steele gets in LD26 scrum