TOMS RIVER – Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., ailing from worsening health issues, will be dropping his reelection campaign, according to a report.
News of Freeholder John C. Bartlett’s impending departure from the freeholder board follows years of health problems for the freeholder, which have worsened at times. The vacancy will also give a new opportunity to Ocean County’s GOP municipal officials to seek the Ocean County GOP’s nod to serve on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Freeholder Bartlett feared the toll being taken on his health by cancer would make running a campaign for freeholder impossible, so he decided to call it quits. Bartlett leaves the freeholder board as the longest serving county freeholder in New Jersey, shaping many of Ocean County’s educational and governmental institutions during his decades-long tenure in office.
Bartlett was said to have been planning to announce the news to his colleagues at a freeholder meeting on Wednesday, according to the Asbury Park Press report.
Bartlett’s Democrat rivals include Vince Minichino and Teddy Price in this year’s freeholder race. The Democrats have not been successful in a countywide race since the election of Paul Brush and Mark Troncone in 1989.