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FreedomWorks, a conservative group originally started by the Koch Brothers and later run by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, has endorsed Rosemary Becchi for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Becchi faces front-runner Thomas Kean, Jr., the State Senate Minority Leader, for the chance to run against freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) next year.
Malinowski defeated five-term Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) to flip a seat Republicans had held continuously since 1956.
“As a seasoned tax policy attorney, Becchi has served as an advisor to both the Internal Revenue Service and the Senate Finance Committee, where she co-authored the 529 College Savings Plan,” said FreedomWorks for America Executive Director Noah Wall. “With her proven commitment to sensible spending, her commitment to free markets, and her strong conservative principles, Rosemary Becchi is the only candidate fit to serve the people of New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District. FreedomWorks for America is proud to support a strong conservative such as Becchi this election cycle.”
David and Charles Koch have not been involved in FreedomWorks since 2004, when the original group, Citizens for a Sound Economy, split into two groups. The Koch Brothers ran one of them, Americans for Prosperity.
FreedomWorks claims over 1 million members nationally.
“I am so thankful to have FreedomWorks’ endorsement for my Congressional campaign,” Becchi said. “It means a great deal to me to have the support of fellow Americans who understand that the only way we all can truly realize our potential is through the free market system and without an overbearing government taxing us to the point of making life unaffordable, which is the case in New Jersey.”