MORRIS COUNTY — In an impressive display of strength and party unity, the team of Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Assemblymen Jay Webber and Brian Bergen announced just days after the 2022 General Election that they have already lined up support from more than 80% of the Morris County Republican Committee who will decide the Morris County Republican Committee endorsement in the 2023 primary. Even as the 26th Legislative District Team continues to gather support, their early announcement of those endorsements shows that Pennacchio, Webber, and Bergen start the ’23 election cycle with tremendous momentum.
The nominating petitions, with signatures of 224 county committee members, were submitted Monday to the county committee to be considered for party support in the upcoming 2023 legislative primary and county selection process.
The endorsements included five towns (Denville, East Hanover, Hanover, Morris Plains, and Lincoln Park) with unanimous support and the two largest towns Montville and Parsippany with 89% and 70%. Of the remaining five towns, there are only eight signatures outstanding to be at 100% across the board and the team expects that could happen within the next week.
The team dubbed “the most conservative group of legislators in the state” has been amassing support while working statewide to help candidates win elections last Tuesday. From financial support to grassroots groundwork, the 26th Legislative District team helped make a difference in 2022 and will lead the state’s fight to win the legislature’s majority in 2023.
“We are a great team who works well together in Trenton and in the district,” said Senator Pennacchio. “Jay, Brian, and I represent the type of bold leadership that our party needs right now. To have over 80% of the Republican Morris County Republican Committee endorse our reelection is a validation of the hard work and effort that we have done in our district. It is also an expectation that those efforts are to be continued. ”
“Our Legislative District is a tremendous place to represent, and we’re grateful for the overwhelming support the county committee members have shown us already. I look forward to working with the county committee and our team to secure victories top to bottom next November,” said Assemblyman Webber.
“I am excited to be running together with such an amazing team,” said Assemblyman Bergen. “With our hard work and strong support, we are the right team at the right time to get the job done. I look forward to working across the district and the state to secure Republican victories in 2023.”