State Sens. Vin Gopal and Troy Singleton spoke out against Ocean County freeholder candidate Teddy Price on Thursday, attempting to turn Bob Hugin’s acceptance of the candidate’s endorsement into a black mark against the former pharmaceutical company executive.
“With the recent endorsement of Ocean County Freeholder candidate, Teddy Price, Bob Hugin needs to explain how he can happily accept support from someone who has faced criminal charges in three separate incidents including, assault and battery of a police officer and resisting arrest,” Gopal said in a statement. “This follows an earlier endorsement from a New Jersey Assembly Member who proudly stood with a confederate flag and used sexist and derogatory terms to describe his female political opponent.”
Further, Gopal asked Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp to direct the $10,000 he gave to the county organization from his Senate account to only municipal races in the county. He asked Earp to do the same with money from the organization’s other donors.
In the 1980s, Price was charged with assaulting a police officer on more than one occasion, in addition to other charges related with the incidents.
Singleton’s attack largely followed the same line as Gopal’s, though it leaned more heavily on Assemblyman Parker Space’s endorsement of Hugin.
“We all remember how proud he was to receive the endorsement of Assemblyman Parker Space, who so proudly displayed a confederate flag on social media and used sexist derogatory terms to describe his opponent. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – by aligning himself with racism and bigotry, he is sending a clear message that if he were elected to the U.S. Senate, he would stand with those that willfully and blindly adhere to the menacing, bullying policies of the Trump Administration.”