John Catalano, president of the Brick Township Republican Party, disputes Mo Hill’s recollection of last night’s political meeting.
Catalano said former Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe called for a vote to endorse and Catalano said he tried to squelch that as there was no official basis for such a vote.
Forty-seven members of the organization were in the room, Catalano said.
“We have 179 folks on our roster,” said the president. “We had a straw vote, which was non-binding.”
Catalano said 11 people raised their hands in support of Hill for Congress in the Third District.
“Maybe in their own minds they think they have support but this very unofficial, a kind of ‘ok, let’s just do this – and that was the outcome.”
Catalano says he has 11 votes in the county committee and Vice Chair Brian DeLuca has one.
“I’m going to go to that convention and I am going to do what’s right for the Brick Township Republican Organization,” Catalano said.
He wouldn’t say whom he supports.
Despite Hill’s efforts to project strength, establishment sources are confident that the Ocean County GOP will support Tom MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph.