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Local official endorses Fitzherbert

Harry Rogers takes sides in 2nd district GOP primary

By David Wildstein, September 26 2019 9:41 am

Hamilton Township Committeeman Harry Rogers has endorsed Brian Fitzherbert for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Fitzherbert, who works for a defense contractor, wants to take on freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Middle).

“I admire Brian’s commitment to the Republican principles of smaller government, fiscal responsibility and opportunities for hardworking families who want a better life for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren,” said Rogers.  “We need a Member of Congress we can trust and who will fight for South Jersey and the United States.”

Fitzherbert, a former Atlantic County Young Republican Chairman, is making his second bid for the nomination.  He ran for the open seat of retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) in 2018 and won the Gloucester County GOP convention, but his campaign folded after he failed to secure enough signatures on his petitions.

Two other Republicans have already announced their bids for the GOP nomination to challenge Van Drew, a longtime legislator who flipped LoBiondo’s House seat last year: David Richter, the former CEO of construction giant Hill International; and Robert Patterson, a controversial former Trump administration appointee who ran against Rep. Donald Norcross in the neighboring 1st district in 2016.

Brian Glackin, a retired U.S. Navy Captain who ran the Navy Appropriations office on Capitol Hill, is actively exploring a run.

Van Drew raised a massive $637,835 during the second quarter of 2019 and reported $545,633 cash-on-hand in his July Federal Election Commission report.

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