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Former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Conflict continues between GOP candidates in CD3

By Nikita Biryukov, April 21 2020 8:31 pm

The conflict between the third congressional district’s Republican candidates won’t quit.

Former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs and former Hill International CEO David Richter continued their spat over the state’s toll roads Tuesday, with Gibbs claiming her opponent lied about lowering infrastructure costs.

The two Republicans have been feuding over proposed toll hikes for the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

Richter initially attacked Gibbs over her union’s support of the toll increases.

Gibbs is deputy director of Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative Local 825.

“I just want to thank Kate Gibbs for promoting two facts to the voters: (1) I spent my career working to LOWER the cost of infrastructure, and (2) she has spent her career working at a union to INCREASE the cost of infrastructure to taxpayers and toll-paying drivers,” Richter said in a Facebook post Monday night. “The choice to New Jersey voters could not be clearer. Thanks Kate!”

Gibbs campaign said the former claim was false, citing a 2010 contract to oversee a series of construction projects sought by Hill International.

The firm initially bid sought $1.2 million, though they were negotiated down to $980,000.

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed that contract and mandated it cost no more than $905,000.

“When you peel back the onion on David Richter’s business record, it’s a mess, so it’s no surprise that he’s decided to lie about it, but we’re not going to let him rewrite history,” Gibbs’ Campaign Manager Angelo Lamberto said. “Governor Christie vetoed Richter’s attempt to fleece New Jersey taxpayers and he was forced to put his tail between his legs and reduce his bloated bid by nearly 25% before ultimately getting a contract approved.”

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