Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Scharfenberger To Seek 13th Assembly Seat

I'm a little late to the party on this one but I just have to give my thoughts on the matter.

It was reported on the Middletown  Patch (and other places) this past Monday, that Middletown's appointed mayor Gerry Scharfenberger,plans to seek a seat in the NJ State Assembly for District 13 and made his intentions known on his Facebook page.  It was also reported that current Monmouth County Freeholder Serena Dimaso and Fair Haven Councilman Bob Marchese will also be seeking that seat. The three will face off against each other during the June Primary to see who will run against the eventual Democratic nominee.

The Assembly seat that the three are vying for will either be Assemblywoman Amy Handlin's seat or Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon's. Both are seeking the party nomination to succeed retiring Monmouth County Senator Joe Kyrillos, in the NJ State Senate.

I knew that when Joe Kyrillos announced that he wasn't seeking reelection that someone on the Middletown Township Committee would be looking towards Trenton.

 At the time, I personally thought that it would have been Tony Fiore, seeing how he's a co-chair for the Monmouth County Republicans and may have been looking for a venue change. However, I changed that opinion recently when Scharfenberger's buddies on the Township Committee reappointed him mayor during Reorganization day on January 1st.

It's always been the M.O. of the Middletown Republicans to appoint those that are seeking reelection as Mayor or Deputy-Mayor, which would have made either Stephanie Murray or Tony Fiore, the ones to fill those positions. It was in fact Murray this time who was appointed Deputy-Mayor and Scharfenberger who was appointed mayor. I suppose it's more impressive if you give the impression that you are the appointed elected mayor of Middletown, seeking higher office rather than just a sitting Committeeman.

That being said, here is my primary day prediction; Gerry Scharfenberger will bee seeking Amy Handlin's seat in the Assembly. I think both Handlin and Scharfenberger will win their primary campaigns easily. The reason is simple; nearly a third of all registered GOP voters in the 13th District are from Middletown! That's one hell of an advantage for anyone seeking election in the 13th to overcome.


Anonymous said...

But Gerry already has a job in Trenton. He will have to step down, or give up his Assembly salary to keep both positions. He came across this dilemma a few years ago when Christie appointed him to his current job. He did not voluntarily give up his $4k annual stipend until it was made public that he was double dipping.

Michael Morris said...

Yes, but you must remember that Scharfenberger's job is a patronage from his beloved "rockstar" governor. Gerry will be out of a job after November if a Democrat becomes Governor.

Anonymous said...

Will Scharfenberger remind everyone that he was and is part of the self-titled "Christie Team"? Remember those huge signs all over Middletown?

Michael Morris said...

I doubt it. I bet he never mentions Christie's name in the campaign trail.

Anonymous said...

Please, God, save up from this self serving specimen !!!

After nearly 8 years of this governor the people of N.J. can't wait to get rid of C.C. and hopefully the people of Middletown recognize what a self serving egotistical farce Sharfey really is.....much like Trumpf....none are to be trusted.

We can do better than this !!

Anonymous said...

"Tongue tied for a reason" Scharfenberger does not possess the character qualities for higher office.

One republican who speaks with a forked tongue occupying the people's house on Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. is about all we can stomach right now......not another one here in N.J. . The people here are fed up to death with egotistical big mouths ........

Anonymous said...

This man knows nothing about the law and he could care less. All he knows is what he wants and he will do anything for advancement of his own agenda.