Shore Republican leaders to back GOP incumbent Reina for Jackson mayor

TOMS RIVER, NJ – Jersey Shore area Republican leaders from Congressman Chris Smith on down have signaled their intent to endorse Jackson Township incumbent Mayor Michael Reina. Whereas the native Jackson GOP membership administration nullified the rank and file membership’s floor vote for Reina, citing membership by-laws, Robert’s Rule of Laws, which governs the private physique, permits for such a vote.

Nonetheless, membership President Todd Porter talked about he’s standing behind his man, enterprise proprietor Marty Flemming even as a result of the county slate has unofficially endorsed Reina.

On the county commissioner stage, the commissioners are talking behind the scenes about endorsing Reina nonetheless want to attend until they’ve a unified voice inside the matter. Commissioner Virginia Haines is the lone holdout.

Haines knowledgeable Reina and completely different county officers that she would privately endorse and once more Reina, nonetheless as a consequence of her lifelong friendship with Clara Glory, she is just not going to publicly endorse Reina. Glory is the advertising and marketing marketing campaign treasurer of councilman Marty Flemming who’s tough incumbent Republican Reina.

Haines, the RNC chairwoman representing the state of New Jersey, talked about she wouldn’t publicly be a part of her line in endorsing Reina inside the non-partisan election in Jackson.

Reina contends the Jackson GOP vote to endorse him was definitely legit and that Porter is having fun with video video games on account of he helps Flemming inside the election, moving into opposition to the majority vote made by the membership last month.

Haines’ reluctance to buck the event line in Jackson might need penalties. Quite a few fundraisers engaged on events inside the near future have indicated Haines wouldn’t be welcome at their events to elevate money for Smith, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, and State Senator Robert Singer.

Whereas Jackson might very effectively be the start of the remedy for the fractured GOP, Haines stands in the way in which through which of that unity.

GOP Chairman George Gilmore and New Jersey Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin, every at battle with each other have moreover signaled they’re going to be united behind Reina in Jackson.

At this stage, the Ocean County GOP has not formally endorsed each candidate, nonetheless a full slate endorsement of Reina is predicted later this week. The Jackson Republican Membership is scheduled to meet tonight. It isn’t acknowledged whether or not or not Porter, the membership president or Glory, the municipal chairwoman, would change their endorsement after learning Republican leaders are able to maneuver forward with out them.

GOP Chairman George Gilmore talked about yesterday that he’s assured {{that a}} most important endorsement for Reina is coming shortly. If that happens, Haines could be the ultimate particular person standing inside the therapeutic of the long-running feud between the two GOP factions in Ocean County.

Completely different commissioners who spoke on the scenario of anonymity talked about they could endorse Reina; nonetheless, out of fear of retribution from Haines and Glory, they’re going to endorse Reina if Haines agrees to publicly endorse the incumbent mayor. Glory has been messaging political insiders saying that if the commissioners endorse Reina, they’re going to pay for his or her choices in the end.

Glory and Haines nonetheless preserve political allegiance to former Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank B. Holman who didn’t run for re-election this yr, and as a substitute moved to Florida, in response to insiders, shortly after former Chairman George Gilmore defeated Sheriff Mastronardy in July.

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