Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) says that Democrat George Youngkin should drop out of the race for Burlington County Freeholder following the disclosure that he tried to choke his former wife and then stalked another woman.
Democrat congressional candidate Andy Kim quickly joined MacArthur in calling for Youngkin’s withdrawal.
The Burlington County Times reported today that Youngkin was arrested in 2006 on domestic violence charges and came six months after police responded to another incident at his home. He was also investigated for harassing a woman he met while working for PSE&G in 2004.
Burlington County Democratic Chairman Joe Andl told the newspaper that he was standing behind Youngkin since the allegations came more than a decade ago.
Andl did not immediately return a 6:50 PM call requesting comment. This story will be updated if a response is provided.
MacArthur and Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt had called on Kim to urge Youngkin’s exit from the race.
“George Youngkin’s behavior is despicable. He must be denounced by both parties,” Steinhardt said
MacArthur had called Youngkin a “domestic abuser.”
“George Youngkin should clearly not be running,” said Kim. “I am disappointed beyond belief. He needs to end his candidacy immediately.”
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez also called on Youngkin to drop out.
“George Youngkin’s actions are absolutely unacceptable—for a candidate for public office and for any citizen,” Menendez said. “There is no place for domestic violence in New Jersey and he should withdraw his candidacy immediately.
A spokesman for Menendez, Steve Sandberg, said that Menendez passed the Violence Against Women Act and “has always fought for women and victims of domestic violence.”
“Domestic abusers should be condemned. So should those credibly accused of sexual assault like Trump and Kavanaugh. But Bob Hugin stays silent on both,” Sandberg said.
“George Youngkin’s behavior is despicable. He must be denounced by both parties,” Steinhardt said.
Last year, Youngkin won 48% of the vote in his challenge to State Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-Evesham).
Democrats won two freeholder seats in 2017 and need to win one of the two seats up this year to take control of county government.
The deadline for Youngkin to be replaced on the ballot has passed.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated following a response from Kim and Menendez.