David Richter and Kate Gibbs can’t run on their driving records.
Richter has been cited for moving violations 24 times since 2004, while Gibbs has received 10 tickets during roughly the same time period.
More serious are six bench warrants issued to Richter.
The violations are wide-ranging, including charges of speeding, careless driving and cell phone use, among others.
Those counts do not include parking violations but do include minor moving violations like failing to keep right and improperly displaying license plates.
In April of last year, Richter was charged in North Brunswick for using an out-of-state driver license while living in New Jersey. The ticket was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, but offers credence to allegations that he had established residency in Florida in a bid to run for Congress there.
Florida voter registration records show that Richter registered to vote in Miami Beach in 2018.
His oceanfront condominium there is currently listed for sale at $2.95 million.
Richter downplayed his driving record.
“I’ve done a tremendous amount of driving in my lifetime,” he said. “I’ve lived far from work. I’ve traveled for work. I’m constantly in my car, and I’ve gotten unfortunately more speeding tickets than I care to acknowledge. End of story.”
Driving records have caused headaches for New Jersey politicians in the past.
Former Gov. Jon Corzine attacked former Gov. Chris Christie over his driving record in 2009, even launching ads that accused the Mendham resident of misusing his authority as a federal prosecutor to avoid charges related to an incident in which the governor collided with a motorcyclist while driving in the wrong direction on a one-way road in Elizabeth.
There’s no indication that Gibbs or Richter exerted any undue influence to clear their moving violations.
Gibbs pleaded guilty to the two citations she received while sitting on the freeholder board.
Bench warrants were issued for some of Richter’s older violations, though they were all eventually recalled.
Richter said he did not know what led to the warrants, though court records suggest they were spurred by missed court appearances.
Gibbs record includes some charges unrelated to driving.
As the Asbury Park Press first reported, Gibbs was charged with shoplifting from a Cherry Hill Kohl’s in 2006, when she was 20. She pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace.
At 22, she was charged with possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish. That case was conditionally discharged and eventually dismissed.
She pleaded guilty to drinking on a beach in 2014.
It’s unclear how, if at all, the moving violations and other charges will affect Ocean County Republicans’ decision making during a screening committee this Saturday.
Burlington County’s Republican committee awarded Gibbs the party line in December. They also gave Richter the line in the second congressional district, though he eventually switched out of the district after Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) defected to the Republican party.