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Republican congressional candidate David Richter. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Hainesport mayor backs Richter

Bruce MacLaughlin skips Burlington-endorsed candidate

By Nikita Biryukov, June 19 2020 10:21 am

Hainesport Mayor Bruce MacLaughlin endorsed David Richter Friday, becoming the second Burlington County Republican this week to pass over his county party’s chosen candidate.

“I have served as Mayor for four terms.  Fifteen years in office as of now.  I have been involved in 10 campaigns.  I consider myself a loyal party-line Republican,” MacLaughlin said in his endorsement. “As we get bombarded by negative ads about a candidate (usually from unnamed sources) one asks the inevitable question, ‘Is this true?’  If the story gets repeated enough times, we eventually grow to accept the positions we are being exposed to.”

Richter has been engaged in a bitter primary with former Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs.

The two have attacked each other constantly over the past months, with Richter targeting Gibbs’ arrest record and the former freeholder questioning the former Hill International CEO’s business record.

“There has been an attempt to skew our thought process about David Richter each time we look at the media his opposition sends our way.  Everyone knows David has come to the race late,” the mayor said. “That has not diminished his credentials.  Some Republicans have been reluctant to offer David their support due to that issue alone even though they now know deep inside only he can beat Andy Kim this fall.”

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