Ousted Republican Kobryn to Run as a Democrat

LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Mayor Eugene “Gene” Kobryn, a longtime incumbent Republican elected official has switched parties, and will run for reelection in November as a Democrat, making his exit from the GOP complete, and following in the footsteps of other Republican officials in breaking rank from the Ocean County GOP establishment.

Mayor Kobryn

Mayor Kobryn

The rift between Mayor Gene Kobryn and his fellow Republicans began to grow wider earlier this year, when a faction of the township’s Republican organization lead by Club president and LEHT Committeeman Ray Gormley was successful in revoking Mayor Kobryn’s Republican Club membership.

Losing his Republican club membership has not stopped the mayor from seeking reelection, and the Great Bay Democratic Club officially replaced their original candidate, Mark Hansen, who ran unopposed in the June primary election, with Kobryn.

Now, on Saturday, Mayor Kobryn’s Democratic campaign manager Peter Ferwerda said that Kobryn, an incumbent Republican, will be on the ballot this year as this year’s Democratic nominee.

“Gene Kobryn accepted the invitation of the Great Bay Democratic Club’s nomination to run as its replacement candidate for the position of Township Committee Person representing the citizens of Little Egg Harbor,” Ferwerda said in a statement.

In his announcement, Kobryn declared himself as being an “issues and people oriented candidate,” and said that his campaign will focus on a platform based on the following issues, according to a Saturday campaign press release:

  • “Stabilize our high real estate tax rate”
  • “Fixing our destroyed neighborhoods due to Storm Sandy,”
  • “Improve operational effectives of our municipal services by repairing them,”
  • “Focus and improve sound policies and practices to improve our quality of life.”

In the wake of the mayor’s removal from the Republican club, committee meetings have continued to be raucous affairs over at the township’s Radio Road municipal complex, as the same two committeeman that have been at odds with Kobryn conspired to remove LEHT Township Administrator Garrett Loesch along with Police Chief Richard Buzby, a move that Kobryn found himself in opposition to.

In Kobryn’s place, former LEHT committeewoman Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Crea has been chosen to run on the Republican ticket.

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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24 Responses

  1. Rox Anne says:

    He has been on the committee since approximately 2007. What has he done? In almost 10 years in government, what has Mr. Kobryn done for that town that they should vote for him as a Democrat? Apparently he knew about a lot of things going on but finally decides in 2016 to do something about it? TERM LIMITS! How about someone new that has no ties, connections or personal agendas.

    • BUZZNUTZ says:

      Oh yes I agree we have a nickname for Kobryn DEAD MAN WALKING he just forgot to lay down you know that Alzheimer’s affects some pretty bad

      • redsquirrel1 says:

        Lack of oxygen to the brain affects dipshidiots like you too, “Lieutenant” BUZZNUTZ, better check that oxygen tube of yours, I think it’s kinked! Also, put down the cigarettes and beer bottles if you think you’ll ever stand a chance of entering Little Egg politics. That is, unless your corrupt buddies have promised you a position at the municipal building, maybe??? Too bad, too late, you’re ALL washed up! Better keep your golf cart charged and stocked with cigarettes and beer instead, you’re gonna need it. Stay tuned for Sept. 8th meeting, it’s gonna be fun, see you there “Lieutenant”! LOL

        • BUZZNUTZ says:

          Once again this just proves that y’all are totally clueless and just taking people’s tax money but can’t get your job done.Your previous comments on threads prove what a complete bs person you are.Now get back under that desk

          • redsquirrel1 says:

            LMAO! You’re simply pathetic, “Lieutenant”. I think from now on, we will call you the DISGRUNTLED “Lieutenant”. Funny you should mention people taking tax money and not doing their job. It’s a well known fact around town that you never did yours, you weren’t CAPABLE of doing your job because your such a dumba$$! How’s it feel knowing that 99.9% of the police department hate your guts and think you’re an incompetent moron??? Sober up, you’re continuing to show the world just how much of a childish retard you truly are. See ya on the 8th “Lieutenant”. I’m sure you’ll be lurking around in the background somewhere, like the typical spineless weasel you are. Tell your corrupt buddies there’s a sh*tstorm about to hit. LOL

          • BUZZNUTZ says:

            If you only had a brain !!!!!!!!
            What happened to your io tracking

          • redsquirrel1 says:

            LOL! Hilarious, coming from the brain-dead disgruntled “Lieutenant”…you’re Little Egg’s version of the blundering Barney Fife. Isn’t it time to go fire up your golf cart and ride around drunk? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! LMAO

          • BUZZNUTZ says:

            You make a piss poor detective

          • BUZZNUTZ says:

            How was your hour lunch

          • Charles N says:

            I’m new to this website and I don’t even know who you are referring to, but calling someone a “childish retard” seems pretty childish.

    • BUZZNUTZ says:

      I would even demand a medical evaluation to see if he’s even fit to run

  2. Tommy Mathis says:

    Now when will Lisa Stevens go over to the Republican side where she belongs??? She’s a Fromosky pal.

    • freedomfromcorruption says:

      I wouldn’t vote for her.

    • BUZZNUTZ says:

      What’s your beef with Fromsky lol he might be your boss soon hmmmmm
      At least the cover ups might stop and the really bad ones get exposed ha. Its a coming I got my bucket of pops corn and a gonna sit back in Liberty state park and a watch of few go up in smoke
      Lol

  3. BUZZNUTZ says:

    Well maybe Stevens will come to the right side and Garrett Tomatoes will go back to where he belongs

    • InTheKnow says:

      Funny you would use buzznuts as a screen name. Clearly on the inside.

      • BUZZNUTZ says:

        Inside nah I’m standing here looking at the Statue of Liberty

      • BUZZNUTZ says:

        I would go quietly if I was in your boat , retire go fish maybe even perhaps drive to the auctions to pick up some cars for your new buddy

      • BUZZNUTZ says:

        It’s kinda funny you’ve taken a few oaths well actually the three of you have and one of the oaths mean nothing to not one of you Kobryn you and mr salad well we know why he did but what was you and genes reason disgraziata

  4. BUZZNUTZ says:

    Gene Kobryn is a two faced slimy wanna be politician why would the democrats even want to bring him in .good choice Go Bobbi

    • redsquirrel1 says:

      What’s wrong “Lieutenant” Buzznutz, are you STILL pi$$ed you’re too much of an elementary school moron to ever be Chief? You’re so incompetent, you couldn’t lead a pack of cub scouts, let alone a whole police department!

      • BUZZNUTZ says:

        The Little Egg Harbor Soap Company is working overtime getting ready to clean up.Bye Bye

      • BUZZNUTZ says:

        Oh my posting bs at 12:36 am whatsa matta somethings bothering you,can’t sleep hmmmmmmm

      • BUZZNUTZ says:

        This was the venue of choice y’all stooges chose so now let’s play.haha A lot more juicy never before previously covered up information to be disseminated .Have fun .lol

        Can’t stand the heat shouldn’t have jumped into the fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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