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Former construction company CEO David Richter has been adding endorsements of local officials from New Jersey’s 2nd district in his bid to unseat freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Middle).
Richter has picked up the backing of three Galloway Republican officials: Mayor Tony Coppola, Deputy Mayor Rich Clute and Councilman Tony DiPietro.
Waterford Mayor Bill Richardson, Hammonton Councilman Joe Giralo and Somers Point Councilman James Toto have also endorsed Richter.
Republicans held the seat for 24 years before Van Drew flipped it in 2018 following the retirement of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor).
“David spent his career in the private sector growing a business, creating jobs and helping to expand our economy, unlike career politician Jeff Van Drew,” said Coppola. “He has established himself as one of the rising leaders of the Republican Party in South Jersey and I look forward to working with David as our next Congressman.”
The Richter campaign will be hosting a “Silence the Speaker” event on Galloway on Friday while Nancy Pelosi is in Atlantic City to attend the New Jersey Democratic State Committee Conference.
“Jeff Van Drew has completely failed South Jersey voters. He spent over a decade supporting the Democratic majority in the state legislature and making New Jersey one of the highest-taxed and most anti-business states in the country,” said Richter. “Now, after running as a conservative Democrat, Van Drew has voted in Washington with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez nearly 90% of the time.”
Richter, the former Hill International CEO, is one of three Republicans already in the race to take on Van Drew. So far he’s facing former Atlantic County Young Republican Chairman Brian Fitzherbert and Robert Patterson, a controversial former Trump administration official.
A fourth candidate, retired U.S. Navy captain Brian Glackin, is also exploring a House run. Glackin ran the Navy Appropriations Office on Capitol Hill before retiring.