Assemblyman Scott Rumana announced on Tuesday that he will step down as Passaic County Republican chairman when his term ends in June.

Former Ringwood Mayor Scott Heck has the support of party leaders to become Rumana's successor.

Rumana's tenure was defined by a split in the county GOP, according to a story on

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Heck, who is 49, currently serves  as  the town manager of Ringwood. He was on the borough council for 12  years and served two years as deputy mayor and two as mayor.

Here is the statement issued Tuesday by Heck:

 “I have known and worked together with Assemblyman Scott Rumana for many years. Scott has been talking to me for quite some time about succeeding him as Chairman of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization.  We have been actively working  to  bring the party together so that we can work as a cohesive group and focus on spreading the message of fiscal responsibility for government." 

"Along with Assemblyman Rumana, I have also enjoyed the help of  State Senator Kevin O’Toole, attorney Mark Semeraro and Peter Murphy  -- all of whom have been instrumental in uniting our party, and I want to thank them for their assistance. This change could not have been achieved without them."

"I hope to build on the successes that Assemblyman Rumana has achieved over the past six years as leader.  I am honored to have been asked to lead our party moving forward and ask for the support of the entire Republican Organization."

"I look forward to tackling the challenges of leading the Republican Organization in a  county that has changed demographically over the past decade.  I want to strengthen our municipal organizations and broaden the appeal of the Republican Party to the taxpayers and residents in all 16 towns in the county."

"Moving forward,  I see the need for the PCRRO to take advantage of social media tools that are available to us today and are an important part of political and social debates."

"As a cohesive group, the Passaic County GOP can achieve the goals I have outlined and others."

"I want to thank Scott Rumana for the time he has devoted to our party.  He has been a good friend to me and has led us through some difficult times and helped our party win three seats on the Freeholder Board.  I hope that I can do as much for the Party as he has during his tenure as leader."