CARTERET – Mayor Daniel Reiman endorsed former Assemblyman Peter Barnes Jr. of Edison to be the next chair of the Middlesex County Democratic Party.
The position has been vacant since Joseph Spicuzzo resigned on March 7, hours after being charged in a bribery scandal from his days as the Middlesex County Sheriff.
“Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak to many committee members and local leaders around Middlesex County and I believe that Pete has the best opportunity to unite the party during these difficult times,” Reiman said.
The 34-year-old mayor had sought the party chair position himself, but dropped his bid today.
“Carteret Democrats and I stand in support of Pete Barnes in his bid for Chairman,” Reiman said. “I don’t know anyone that can question Pete’s integrity and his grasp of the issues. I am confident that he will be able to dedicate the necessary time and energy to rebuild our county organization and to ensure strong democratic victories in future elections.”
Barnes, 82, is a retired FBI agent who served briefly as police director in both Edison and East Brunswick. He held office as an assemblyman from 1995 to 2007. Barnes’ son, Pete III, now holds his father’s old Assembly seat.
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