Barnegat Township Mayor John Novak has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district and has endorsed David Richter to take on Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).
Novak withdrew follows the invalidation of his nominating petitions by a state Administrative Law judge.
According to Novak, the judge found that several of those who signed his petition also signed Richter’s or others and were invalidated. Along with other challenged signatures, Novak was headed toward less than the 200 signatures required by law.
“As a conservative Republican I sought to protect our Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment and Second Amendment, as well as free market capitalism, individual liberties and the sanctity of life,” Novak said. “I want America First. Unseating Andy Kim and restoring the House of Representatives to the Republicans is imperative for this agenda. My passions and agenda have not changed—but I am no longer a candidate this election cycle. Given the options presented, David Richter is who I endorse.”
The endorsement puts Novak on the same side as the Ocean County Republican organization, which voted to endorse Richter at their convention in March.
Richter faces Kate Gibbs, a former Burlington County freeholder director.