Three more Republican legislators from Ocean County have endorsed Kate Gibbs for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district, bringing her total to six less than a week before the county GOP convention meets to endorse a candidate to challenge freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).
“This is not an endorsement that we made lightly because there is simply too much at stake for our state and nation,” said State Sen. Christopher Connors (R-Lacey), Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (R-Little Egg Harbor) and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-Long Beach).
Gibbs picked up the backing of State Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Toms River) and Assemblymen Gregory McGuckin (R-Toms River) and John Catalano (R-Brick) earlier this week.
“Unquestionably, Kate will be direct, forceful and unapologetic in taking on the far-left extremists in Washington who either don’t understand or simply don’t care about the values that make America exceptional, which include expanding economic opportunity for all, the right to keep and bear arms, and respect for the rule of law,” Connors, Rumpf and Gove said.
The three praised Gibbs for “having command of the issues and earning the respect of a growing number of supporters with each event she attends.”
That leaves State Sen. Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) and Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-Plumsted) as the only Ocean GOP legislators who still haven’t taken sides in the 3rd district congressional primary.
Gibbs’ main rival, former Hill International CEO David Richter, today picked up the endorsement of Stafford Mayor Gregory Myhre and three Stafford councilmen.