The news today of Bill Stepien’s elevation to State Party Chair energized GOP County chairs around the state.
“I think it’s great for the party,” said Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore.
Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis was likewise enthusiastic about the choice, as were Morris County Chairman John Sette and Monmouth Chairman John Bennett.
“He’s a great choice,” said Bennett.
“When was the last time we had an operative of that caliber as state chair?” a Republican source asked PolitickerNJ.com.
To a man, the chairs interpreted in the selection of Stepien Gov. Chris Christie’s commitment to GOP Party-building even as he zooms toward higher office.
At least one source read the presence of Stepien – Christie’s campaign manager last year – as a signal of the coming U.S. Senate candidacy of Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21), a close ally of the governor’s.