David Richter today pushed back on allegations made in a television ad launched yesterday by Kate Gibbs, his opponent in the Republican congressional primary in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
The Gibbs ad accused Richter of dealing with Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, outsourcing American jobs to China, and hiring Joe Biden’s brother to help secure contracts from the U.S. government while running Hill International, one of the nation’s largest construction firms.
“I am disappointed but not surprised that Kate Gibbs continues to think her only path to victory in this election is by lying to the voters,” Richter said. “Integrity is once again missing from her desperate and failing campaign, as she knows full well that the attacks she makes against me in her very first TV commercial are false.”
Gibbs said he never met Gaddafi or had dealings with him, that Hill didn’t outsource “a single American job” to China, and that Biden worked for a company affiliated with Hill but not run by Richter.
Richter acknowledged that his company didn’t begin work in Libya until after economic sanctions against Libya were lifted by the U.S. government in 2004.
According to Richter, the former vice president’s brother never had a role at Hill International.
But Hill International announced the hiring of James Biden as executive vice president of their subsidiary, HillStone International. Richter was serving as president and COO of Hill at the time his company touted the Biden acquisition.