Monmouth County Freeholder Gary Rich and Wall Township Board of Education member Ralph Addonizio will not be on the ballot on Monday night when the GOP County Committee select a candidate to fill Dave Rible’s seat in the General Assembly.
In an email to Wall Township County Committee members, Addionizo wrote, “I just wanted everyone to know that I had a meeting with Shaun Golden this afternoon at my request. It was a very positive meeting. I informed him that I would be withdrawing my name for consideration for the Assembly seat.
“After spending the last 2 days thinking about it and then seeing this morning the endorsement from Assemblyman Sean Kean for Ned, I felt it was the best thing to do for our party. ”
Addonizio told MMM in a phone interview,”It is important to keep Monmouth County’s representation in the Assembly. Monmouth has a deep bench of talented Republicans. We were dividing our support and giving the seat to Ocean County by default. I support Chairman Golden and the Monmouth GOP. I have no regrets.”
“Ralph Addonizio does a great job on the Wall Board of Education and on the Township’s Zoning Board,” Golden said. “He is an excellent public servant with a bright future in our Party.”
Rich told MMM yesterday that he did not file as a candidate due to timing issues regarding personal and family matters.
The race is now between former Wall Mayor Ned Thomson, former Belmar Councilman Jim Bean and Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority Executive Director Justin Flancbaum.