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

Gibbs claims hypocrisy in Richter attack over toll hikes

Candidate’s former firm worked on Turnpike expansion

By Nikita Biryukov, April 20 2020 6:33 pm

Republican House candidates in the third congressional district are fighting over toll hikes.

Former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs claimed former Hill International CEO David Richter was being a hypocrite when he attacked her and Operating Engineers Local 825 over their support for hikes to tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

“David Richter literally got rich from the construction and expansion of toll roads and bridges in New Jersey, across the country, and even in Russia,” Gibbs said. “Frankly, David’s bizarre decision to attack me on this issue reeks of hypocrisy and pandering.”

Richter’s firm has previously managed Turnpike extension projects and has worked on bridges and other toll roads in the state.

“Kate Gibbs is once again proving that she does not care about anything other than lining the pockets of her union puppet-masters,” Richter said. “Infrastructure spending is a worthy cause, but raising tolls on the working-class commuters of Ocean and Burlington counties during an economic crisis is out of touch. I’m disappointed that Kate continues to shill for her union instead of sticking up for the constituents she hopes to represent.

Last week, Richter attacked Gibbs over her involvement with the Operating Engineers, which supports the toll hikes.

Gibbs is the group’s deputy director.

“If I’m fortunate enough to earn the trust and support of the voters of the Third District, they will not have to worry about whether I am voting to support their best interests, unlike Kate who will be repaying the campaign debts of her union bosses,” Richter said.

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