Adam Puharic told the Asbury Park Press that the Freeholder selection was a three way tie between John Curley, Serena DiMaso and Steven Walsh. MoreMonmouthMusings has gotten conflicting reports, one that is consistent with Puharic's report of a tie, and another that Curley was the favorite of the vast majority of screening committee members, and that DiMaso and Walsh were tied for second.
According to the press, Puharic said that he is empowered by the party's by-laws to make a selection in the event of a tie. There are no party by-laws and Puharic's resolution creating the rules for this year's screening process did not address the possibility of a tie.
For other offices, according to the APP and Poitickernj, Anne Estabrook was awarded the party's endorsement for US Senate. Keyport attorney Robert E. McLeod was awarded the endorsement for US Congress in the 6th district (Frank Pallone's district) and Holmdell Committeeman Alan Bateman was awarded the endorsement for US Congress in the 12th district (Rush Holt's)
Apparently, the convention will not have a say in the selection of the Congressional nominations. Puharic's resolution of January 2, 2008 said, "The screening committee shall recommend no more than two (2) persons per vacant office to be forwarded to the County Convention."
The games have officially begun.
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