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Former Gov. Chris Christie. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

GOP county chairman blasts Christie for move to dump Gibbs

Update: Christie tells Torpey he didn’t push Richter into NJ-3 race

By David Wildstein, January 31 2020 12:53 pm

A Republican county chairman from New Jersey today slammed former Gov. Chris Christie for interfering in the 3rd district congressional primary.

“It’s too bad party leaders like former Governor Christie ignore qualified candidates like Kate Gibbs who have come up through the ranks and earned the chance to run due to their hard work, loyalty and experience,” Hunterdon County GOP chairman Patrick Torpey said on Friday.  “He should remember where he came from and try giving Kate the same chance and encouragement Governor Kean gave him.”

Torpey told the New Jersey Globe that after issuing his initial statement, he he discussed the race with Christie.

“After speaking with Governor Christie, he indicated his efforts were focused on clearing the field for Jeff Van Drew in CD2,” Torpey said.  “He did not encourage David Richter to run in CD3 and has not taken a position on the race.”

The Globe has reported that Christie was tasked by the White House with clearing the way for Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) to secure the Republican nomination in the 2nd after he switched parties last month.

As a result, Christie met several times with self-funder David Richter, the former CEO of one of the country’s largest construction companies, to convince him to challenge freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in the 3rd district instead.

Kim’s Republican challenger was supposed to be Kate Gibbs, a 33-year-old union leader and former Burlington county freeholder director.

Christie has worked to secure support for Richter in Ocean County, which has the most registered Republicans in the two-county district.

“That said, it’s time for GOP leaders to stand up. The fascination for candidates whose sole attribute is their bank account needs to stop,” Torpey said.  Our party leadership needs to support candidates like Kate Gibbs who came up the ranks and give them the chance to run due to their hard work, loyalty and experience.”

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3 thoughts on “GOP county chairman blasts Christie for move to dump Gibbs

  1. Good for this chairman standing up to this. He is absolutely correct. If republicans were smart they would keep this guy on the outside. He gave us Phil Murphy.

  2. Pushing a County Hopping, District Shopping, Flip Flopping Biden family buddy down the throats of Ocean County Republicans is a non-starter. Ocean County is not for sale or rent.

  3. The fact that this all went down while the former Governor was off on an all boys weekend in the Bahamas with George Norcross makes it even more suspicious.

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