PARSIPPANY, NJ - The thinking is that the Nov. 5 election is going to be a low-turnout type of thing. That's because the ballot is topped by candidates seeking seats in the state Assembly as opposed to, say, governor or Congress.
Hoping to increase turnout falls to the two political parties,
With that in mind, Morris County Republicans held a breakfast at the Sheraton Parsippany hotel Sunday headlined by Thomas H. Kean Sr., the former governor.
Kean told the audience - some of whom may have been too young to remember - that he first won the governor's seat in 1981 by less than 2,000 votes, the closest margin in state history.
In fact, the outcome remained officially in doubt for a few days after the election.
The point was simple - every vote does count. And he urged loyal Republicans at the breakfast to continue contacting voters by phone and by knocking on doors.
He also told a funny story dating from his days as governor. A woman complained to him that a DMV employee treated her rudely on the phone. So Kean said he called the number of the employee in question. Sure enough, the employee was rude to him as well.
Kean recalled asking the man if he knew who he was talking to.
He did not,
"I'm the governor," Kean recalled saying.
With that, the man replied, "Do you know who I am?"
No, Kean said, he did not.
"With that, he hung up," the former governor said with a laugh
This election, though, is no laughing matter as Morris Republicans seek to keep control of Assembly seats in the county they have held for generations.
There also is a key race in Parsippany where Democrats hope to take control of the township council.
Gov. Phil Murphy, in fact, made four stops in Morris County last Saturday seeking to increase Democratic turnout.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.