UNION – A Union Township father and son each won primary victories yesterday.
John Hackett, a township resident for 22 years, is a Republican running for Township Committee alongside his running mate, Ron Wilburn, who grew up in Vauxhall. In a reversal of passing the torch, he is running for the position that his son Christopher unsuccessfully sought last year, when he was ultimately being defeated by the Democrat incumbents.
“Last year, I encouraged Chris to run, and seeing him put himself out there inspired me to put my hat in the ring this time,” John said, “and this time he was the one encouraging me. Chris was the first Republican candidate in a Presidential year in Union in decades, and he did a great job. Ron and I are going to build on what he and the candidates before him started.”
John and Ron beat out Bob Deckert and Jodi Ombaldo last night for the Republican nod to run for Township Committee in November against incumbents Clifton People and Suzette Cavadas.
Meanwhile, Christopher has moved on, running for State Assembly this year alongside his running mate Charles Donnelly. Although they were also able to claim victory last night, it was entirely expected – the two were unopposed in the primary. Nonetheless, the mood was celebratory in the Hackett household as the results were read.
They will run against Assemblyman Joseph Cryan and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano in November.
Asked to comment, a high-spirited Christopher simply congratulated his father and insisted that if members of the same family want to get into government, it should be by each of them separately getting elected on their own merit, not through one winning and handing jobs out as has been the case in Union County.
“If only we lived in Hackettstown,” Chris joked with a smile.
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