Incumbent Republican Freeholder John Cesaro joined with Christine Myers and Angelo Tedesco to run a pro-union, pro-borrowing, pro-spending anti-taxpayer slate for the Morris County freeholder Board. ? Conservative freeholder candidates John Krickus, David Scapicchio, and Deb Smith tried to stop them. ? Deborah Smith was the top vote-getter with 10,006 votes. ? ? But Christine Myers with 9,427 votes and John Cesaro with 9,374 votes defeated John Krickus with 9,167 votes and David Scapicchio with 9,073 votes. ? ?Angelo Tedesco, Jr. got 8,713 votes. ?(A seventh free-lance candidate, Thomas Mulligan got 4,064 votes.)?
The Cesaro-Myers-Tedesco team got massive financing and campaign help from various labor unions and other organizations affiliated with Democrats. ? Operating Engineers Local 825 gave?$24,600. ?Other labor contributions to the Cesaro-Myers-Tedesco team include OPCMIA Local 29 of Jersey City, $1,500 and Morris County Building Trades, $500, along with $8,400 from Forward Central Jersey, a “progressive” Democrat group. ? Other labor contributions to the Cesaro-Myers-Tedesco team include OPCMIA Local 29 of Jersey City, $1,500 and Morris County Building Trades, $500, IBEW Local 351 State PAC of Hammonton $5,000.
For whatever reasons, it appears that the “conservative” Republicans of Morris County made no serious effort to mobilize grass roots conservative or “Tea Party” volunteers. ? In Whippany (Hanover Twp.), Bill and Barbara Eames printed and handed out 900 flyers for Smith, Krickus, and Scapicchio on their own. ? They claim that even though they are well known leaders of a very active “Tea Party” conservative group ?in Morris County, the ?”conservative” Republican campaign?never asked for their help. ?The conservative slate won 60-40 in Hanover Township. ?However, it appears there was no organized grass-roots activity for the “conservative” freeholder candidates anywhere else in Morris County. ? ?After Bergen County flipped from solid Republican to solid Democrat, Morris County is one of the few mostly Republican counties left in New Jersey. ? ?Governor Chris Christie lives there.