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Far-away Sussex goes for Gibbs

By David Wildstein, February 07 2020 11:00 am

It’s nearly 100 miles from Newton to Mount Holly, but that didn’t stop the five Republicans on the Sussex County Board of Freeholders from taking sides in a South Jersey congressional primary.

Kate Gibbs has picked up the backing of the five Sussex freeholders in her bid to unseat Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in New Jersey’s 3rd district.

“All 435 elected members of the United States House of Representatives make laws that affect Sussex County,” the freeholders – Sylvia Petillo, Dawn Fantasia, Anthony Fasano, Joshua Hertzberg and Herbert Yardley — said.  “That’s why it is so important to elect leaders like Kate Gibbs to Congress.”

Gibbs, a 34-year-old labor leader and former Burlington County freeholder director, faces three challengers for the GOP nomination: former Hill International CEO David Richter, Barnegat mayor John Novak, and former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto.

“Kate Gibbs is a building trades union leader at a time when America needs to expand its human capital and invest in education and training in the building trades,” the freeholders said in their endorsement statement.  “As President Trump reminds us, America’s infrastructure is in need of repair. Kate Gibbs understands infrastructure – not only how to get it done, but how to get it done by creating American jobs, with American workers.”

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