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Ghee says GOP needs to attract new people

Defends brief registration as a Democrat in 1998

By David Wildstein, April 10 2018 11:47 am

Republican congressional candidate Antony Ghee today acknowledged that he was a registered Democrat while living in Brooklyn between 1998 and 2000.

Ghee, a candidate for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s House seat, says that he moved to Brooklyn after law school and lived there for two years before being transferred for a short stint in Hong Kong.  He says was an unaffiliated voter until registering as a Republican earlier this year.

“I grew up in a Democratic household in a Democratic community,” Ghee said about his party registration decision.

He cited other Democrats who have switched parties: Ronald Reagan, Condoleezza Rice and Rudy Giuliani.

“I’m no different,” Ghee said.  “At a certain point in my life, I realized my personal values aligned more closely with the Republican Party.”

He cited his support for smaller government and a strong national defense.  Ghee is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Ghee has never been involved in politics before.  If elected, he would become the first African American Republican congressman from New Jersey.

One Republican primary rival, Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), has criticized Ghee for refusing to say who he voted for in the last three presidential elections.

But Ghee says that there should be no litmus test for becoming a Republican.

“If you limit membership to those who were born a Republican, our party is never going to grow,” he said.

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5 thoughts on “Ghee says GOP needs to attract new people

  1. Ghee is right and so far the Webber campaigns choices show they are not trying to grow the party. This is no longer a rock-solid red district and we need to try someone new.

  2. Ghee, a Brooklyn Democrat who voted for Obama twice & Hillary in ’16 and a pure puppet of parochial thugs in deals with Dems. Ghee’s not about growing the Party, he’s about hijacking and selling out the Party.

  3. RINO Anthony Ghee won’t say who he voted for in 2016, 2012, or 2008. Anthony Ghee said Roe V. Wade is “settled law” which makes it apparent he will compromise on abortion. Anthony Ghee opposes eliminating the SALT deduction that forces taxpayers across the country to subsidize socialism in New Jersey and California. Anthony Ghee is too liberal for Republicans.

  4. You realize by eliminating the SALT deduction you’re increasing taxes? You’re also increasing taxes it at the Federal not state and local level. Last I checked Conservatives aren’t in favor of Federal tax increases and aren’t in favor of a larger Federal government… Webber has spent so much time in Trenton that he thinks in some muddled way increasing Federal taxes and government are a good idea. Just look at what’s happening to real estate prices in the district as SALT deductions have gone away. We can’t afford a Trenton lifelong loser with muddled logic like Jay Webber.

    1. They limited the SALT deduction to $10,000, protecting middle and lower income taxpayers in New Jersey. While some wealthier taxpayers lose that deduction, they see tax relief in other areas. By supporting the SALT deduction, Anthony Ghee apparently supports forcing taxpayers across the nation to subsidize Phil Murphy’s high property taxes here in New Jersey. By limiting the SALT deduction to $10,000 as the Republican tax cut does, it’s now up to Phil Murphy to lower taxes in our state. Only a liberal like Anthony Ghee would support subsidizing Phil Murphy’s spend & tax agenda. Ghee registered as a Republican the day before announcing his run for Congress, says Roe V. Wade is “settled law” and opposes President Trump and the House Republicans efforts to put pressure on Phil Murphy to cut property taxes. Ghee is apparently too liberal for Republicans.

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