John Bennett and Shaun Golden kicked off their respective campaigns for the Monmouth GOP Chairmanship last week on a positive note and each man said he wants a positive campaign.
Golden, the Monmouth County Sheriff, is challenging the incumbent Bennett for the opportunity to lead the Monmouth County Republican Committee for the next two years. The election will take place on June 10 at iPlayAmerica in Freehold.
In a letter to County Committee members Golden said he is running for Chairman because he wants to ensure a bright future for the Party by utilizing a modern and innovative approach while continuing to honor Republican traditions and by reinstating traditional party building efforts.
” Many new residents are not aware of our Party’s achievements, and we need to do more to attract new members to our Republican family. We must reach out to these new residents, our young people, and our seniors, and invite them to become a part of our success. We need to build coalitions that are critical to winning elections in modern times. We have come a long way, but we can and must do better!”
Golden said he will increase communication within the Party and with the general public through the use of social media; facebook, twitter, Youtube and email, and by returning “to the tried and true traditions of door to door campaigns, monthly breakfast meetings, and quarterly meet and greet events. Golden’s letter can be found here.
Golden told MMM that he was committed to expanding the Party to include constituencies and demographic groups that Governor Chris Christie won over in his November landslide victory.
Golden, coming off an overwhelming reelection victory last November, acknowledged that his candidacy is a political risk. He said his passion and commitment to growing the Party and moving it forward is worth the risk.
In an email to the County Committee, Bennett and Vice Chair Susan Cohen emphasized their accomplishments over the last two years and said they unified ” a previously disorganized party.” In a letter to the committee Bennett and Cohen touted their accomplishments:
We have a demonstrated fundraising ability. In the 21 month since taking office, contributions to the party
have increased 52% over what they were in the 21 months prior to us taking office.
Last November, we delivered a resounding 2-1 victory in the countywide races.
On the top of the ticket last year, we gave Governor Christie and Monmouth County’s own Lieutenant Governor
Kim Guadagno an unprecedented 75,000 vote plurality. Only 2 counties in the state delivered more votes, and
only 1 county delivered a bigger plurality of votes.
In 2013, with help from the Republican National Committee, we ran the biggest field program in the history of
Monmouth County Republican politics. Our outstanding, hard-working volunteers made 387,000 phone calls and
knocked on 115,000 doors.
We won the Primary last June when our MCRC candidates were challenged. By running a hard campaign and
raising the necessary funds, we beat our challengers by garnering more than 80% of the vote.
In 2012, despite our Republican strongholds sustaining severe damage from Sandy, our Freeholder candidates
were still able to win by over 12 percentage points.
We have strengthened ties between the county and local campaigns and offered more local political support
Bennett and Cohen’s letter can be found here. (corrected link)
Bennett. a former State Senate President and Acting Governor, told MMM that he wants to serve another term as Chairman because he enjoys it and he’s done a good job. He said he hopes to be the Chair of Chairs, the leader of New Jersey Republican County Chairmen, and that being Chairman keeps him relevant in statewide politics.