TOMS RIVER-Inside the packed Atlantis Ballroom at the TR Hotel on Tuesday night, Ocean County Republican leaders gathered to vote for the OC GOP’s endorsement of President of the United States. The room was jovial and a the atmosphere was cordial, unlike media reports depicting a GOP divided at the national level.
The county Republican Council, which consists of mayors, elected officials and municipal club leaders overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, bucking the National GOP’s anti-Trump stance.
Trump won the election in a landslide, getting 105 of the 139 votes cast. John Kasich received 28 votes and national GOP posterchild Ted Cruz got just 6 votes.
Ocean County has historically been a Republican leaning county, a rarity in New Jersey. Often the Ocean County Republican Clubs are branded as “Establishment Republicans”, but this vote sends a clear message that the county and municipal clubs aren’t going to follow the national GOP’s lead behind Cruz.
It also sends a message that Ocean County Republicans support Donald Trump and are not participating in the so-far unsuccessful national GOP campaign to sink the New York mogul.
The vote puts Trump in the Republican column on the June 7th New Jersey Republican primary election ballot.
Photo: Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore announcing the election results to the county Republican leaders.