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Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. (Photo: Mary Small, Sr.)

Atlantic City mayor hires Brendan Gill to boost re-election bid

Incumbent Marty Small, Sr. seeking first full term as mayor

By David Wildstein, March 25 2021 12:16 pm

Brendan Gill, who has managed three statewide campaigns and serves as a top political advisor to Gov. Phil Murphy, will play a major role in the re-election of Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr.

“It’s a great day in the City of Atlantic City, and we are very excited to be working with Brendan Gill and his team to make sure the progress we have been making in Atlantic City continues,” Small said. “Atlantic City voters have already shown their support and enthusiasm for the hard work and vision we have restored to city leadership. With Brendan Gill on board, Atlantic City voters can feel confident that their voices are heard, and their votes are counted.”

Gill managed Murphy’s 2017 gubernatorial campaign, as well as U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 2008 re-election bid, and after his death in 2013, Cory Booker’s first U.S. Senate campaign.

After Mayor Frank Gillam was arrested and resigned in 2019, Small, then the City Council President, became mayor.  He won Gillam’s unexpired term in 2020 after scoring strong primary and general election victories.

“Atlantic City has made tremendous progress in a very short period of time under Mayor Small’s leadership,” said Gill, an Essex County Commissioner. “Atlantic City is a crucial asset to our state and Mayor Small’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We are looking forward to working with Mayor Small and his team to keep Atlantic City’s future in the hands of sound and inspired leadership,”

Small faces former Assemblyman Thomas Foley in the Democratic primary.

Foley, a retired firefighter and self-proclaimed supporter of President Donald Trump, has the backing of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee.  Despite that endorsement, Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman has announced that Small will run on the organization line.

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