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Former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Vineland)

Fiocchi endorses Fitzherbert for Congress

Former assemblyman backs onetime rival for chance to run against Van Drew

By David Wildstein, August 12 2019 10:41 am

Former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Vineland) has endorsed Brian Fitzherbert for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

“As many in South Jersey know, Brian and I were competitors in the last election for Congress. Over the campaign, we struck up a friendship and I have to say how lucky we are as Republicans to have Brian in the party,” Fiocchi said.  “He has the conservative ideals, the intelligence, the will, and the energy to win this race.”

Fiocchi ran in the 2018 GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor), but finished third behind Seth Grossman and Hirsh Singh.   Fitzherbert was also in that race, winning the endorsement of the Gloucester County Republican organization, but his campaign ended when he didn’t get enough signatures on his petition.

Fitzherbert was endorsed by Linwood Mayor Richard DePamphilis last week.

Fiocchi was elected Cumberland County Freeholder in 2011 and to the Assembly in 2013.  He lost his bid for re-election in 2015.  Fiocchi unsuccessfully challenged Michael Testa, Jr. in a race for Cumberland County GOP Chairman in 2018 and briefly sough the GOP nomination for State Senate against Testa earlier this year.

Fitzherbert is one of three Republicans seeking to challenge freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis).

David Richter, a former CEO of Hill International, one of the nation’s largest construction companies, is currently exploring a bid for Congress.

So is Robert Patterson, a former Trump administration official who once argued that condoms deprive woman of the “remarkable” chemicals found in semen that help elevate mood and self-esteem and argued that “semen-exposed” women have better concentration and cognitive skills.


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