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Denise Gonzalez, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and IBEW member, is running for State Assembly in the 4th district. (Photo: Facebook.)

GOP picks candidates in 4th district

By David Wildstein, March 05 2021 11:37 am

Republican Stephen H. Pakradooni, Jr., a businessman who sought a State Assembly seat two years ago, will take on State Sen. Fred Madden (D-Washington) in the heavily-Democratic 4th legislative district.

He received the endorsement of the two GOP county chairs, Jacci Vigilante of Gloucester and Richard Ambrosino of Camden, along with Assembly candidates Patricia Kline and Denise Gonzalez, a veteran and union member.

“The coronavirus pandemic has hit the fourth legislative district hard thanks to Governor Murphy ruling by emergency executive orders,” Pakradooni said. “The people of this district deserve legislators who are willing to push-back on these executive orders and force candid debate in the Legislature to determine what is best for our region.”

Kline and Gonzalez will take on incumbents Paul Moriarty (D-Washington) and Gabrielle Mosquera (D-Gloucester Township).   Pakradooni lost to them by about 7,500 votes in 2019.

Gonzalez served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is now a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351 and is the founder of Medical Freedom Advocates, a group which opposes mandatory vaccinations as a condition of school enrollment.

“I have a passion for parent, child and family advocacy, something greatly needed in our state legislature,” Gonzalez said.

Madden, 66, is a former acting New Jersey State Police Superintendent who unseated Republican State Sen. George F. Geist (R-Clementon) in 2003 by just 63 votes after South Jersey Democrats spent millions on his campaign.

Moriarty was elected to the Assembly in 2005 after serving as mayor of Washington Township and a career as a Philadelphia TV consumer affairs reporter.  Mosquera is seeking her sixth term in the legislature.

Joe Biden carried 8 of the 9 municipalities in the Camden-Gloucester district, winning by 18,520 votes.  Donald Trump won just Washington Township, by a 1,662-vote margin

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