Nathan Orr, Republican candidate for Assembly
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose's announcement last month that she was taking a job with Franklin Borough and not running for re-election, has created a three-way contest in the Republican primary for her seat. This week we will look at each declared candidate in that primary.
We start with the youngest, least experienced, but freshest candidate in the race, Nathan C. Orr of Branchville.
This young, self-avowed conservative is an admirer of Senator Rand Paul. He recently turned 23 and is a graduate of Centenary College in Warren County, where he majored in criminal justice. He is currently working as an EMT and hopes to practice law. He also volunteers with the Blue Ridge Rescue Squad.
Mr. Orr told NJ.com that his campaign will focus on "wasteful spending" and that he would like to see the state's budget focus on core issues like infrastructure, education, and public safety. In his interview with NJ.com, a website associated with the Star-Ledger newspaper, Mr. Orr told the reporter that he intends to "run as an independent if he loses the primary." This isn't allowed under New Jersey law. A candidate gets just one bite at the apple.
Mr. Orr's father served as a Branchville councilman. Nathan Orr received a single write-in vote for Freeholder in November2012.
The form his campaign will take is anyone's guess at this point. Last year Ron Bassani managed to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot in the Republican primary for Freeholder. He raised very little money and did minimal campaigning. Yet he was able to capture nearly 40 percent of the vote against incumbent Phil Crabb, despite Mr. Crabb running a campaign that included several paid direct mail pieces, paid radio advertising, and robo-calls.
Freeholder Crabb's campaign had the support of the Sussex County GOP establishment and was managed by former Freeholder Rich Zeoli and county lobbyist Wendy Molner. But even with all this money and support, Freeholder Crabb was only able to make it a 60-40 race. So Mr. Orr has reason to be optimistic.