John Traier, who was elected chairman of the Passaic County GOP Committee in June, says he did not feel welcome in the Republican Party.

“Our core values have always been individual freedom, smaller and lesser government, personal responsibility and opportunity for all Americans,” Traier wrote in an op-ed published in the

“I had advocated and worked for our Republican nominee – Mitt Romney as I felt he would be a more effective President than our current one. At the same time, I felt that I was not welcome in the Republican Party.”

“As a gay man in a 26 year relationship, I felt that I did not belong in the Republican Party any longer.”

Traier ran as an openly gay man in his bid to run the New Jersey group.

“I have always been out. I have always been honest about it,” he said at the time. “I am who I am.”

In Saturday's op-ed, Traier advocated for a big tent approach.

“We need to make people feel welcome in our party – even if we do not agree on every single issue,” he wrote. “This organization needs to be open to new people with new ideas.”