HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. – Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (R) this week won the Republican lines in Ocean and Passaic counties.
She won the powerful Ocean County Republican line by a wide margin. The final tally out of the GOP stronghold was 153 votes for Guadagno, eight for Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), six for Joe Rullo and one for Hirsh Singh.
In Passaic, Guadagno bested Ciattarelli in a 14-8 vote by the county GOP’s executive committee.
In previous victories she secured the party lines in Hudson and Warren counties, giving her a total of four counties to date.
It was also reported this week that comedian, actor, and radio host Joe Piscopo may have made his first move in the race to succeed Christie.
State Senator Joe Kyrillos’ (R-13) Chief of Staff Tony Perry reportedly traveled to Hunterdon County Saturday to meet with Piscopo. Piscopo, currently the morning drive time host on AM970 radio, has been frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for governor this year, either as a Republican or Independent.
According to a source in Monmouth County Republican politics, no specific political roles were discussed at the meeting, which took place at Piscopo’ s home in Lebanon Township. The source says that Perry is committed to serving Kyrillos through his final year in office. The popular and respected state senator decided not to seek re-election after serving in Trenton for 30 years.
Perry would not comment on the meeting but the Monmouth source says that Perry “sees the potential appeal of a Piscopo candidacy, [but] he also thinks it’s more than a little late in the game to launch things from scratch.”
Guadagno lives in Monmouth County and served as the county sheriff before being tapped by Christie to be his running mate.
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