Twelve days before the filing deadline Middletown Township Committee Member Patrick Short (D) is undecided about seeking a second term on the governing body.
Short told me he has yet to make a commitment to running this evening at the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce's Meet the Mayors networking event.
Short broke the decades long GOP deadlock on the Township Committee in 2006 in the wake off Operation Bid Rig and the anti-Iraqi war turnout. He has been an outspoken critic of the GOP majority in his 2 1/2 years in office. The following year voters split their ballots, electing Democrat Sean Byrnes and Republican Gerald Scharfenberger and splitting control 3-2 GOP.
Threatened with the loss of control for the first time in 20 years, last year the Middletown GOP woke up to the fact that they could no longer cruise to victory and waged an all stops out campaign, complete with devastating opposition research on one the the Democratic candidates.
I don't know what Short's considerations are, but politically he should consider 1) will the top of the ticket help him, i.e. is Corzine more popular in Middletown than Obama was last November? and 2) can he defend the record of his first term and whatever material the GOP opposition research team will exploit this time out that they let slide last time?
Steve Massell will be the GOP candidate.
Take the plaque Pat.