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Richter picks up major backing in Berkeley Township

Third-largest town in Ocean endorses Richter

By David Wildstein, March 03 2020 10:30 am

Republican congressional candidate David Richter has scored endorsements from Republican leaders in Berkeley Township, the third-largest municipality in Ocean County, giving him a potentially strong block of votes heading into tomorrow’s GOP county convention to award the organization line.

Richter won the backing of the Republican municipal committee, the Republican Club, the Women’s Republican Club, and six members of the township council: John Bacchione, Keith Buscio, James Byrnes, Sophia Gingrich, Angelo Guadagno and Tom Grosse

“His track record as a businessman and his support for President Trump make it very clear that he is the only Republican candidate who can beat Andy Kim,” said Stephen Pellecchia, the Republican Club president.

While local powerhouse Carmen Amato, the mayor and the GOP municipal chairman, is not on the endorsement list, the magnitude of Richter’s Berkeley endorsements sends a strong signal on the eve of the fight for the line.

Berkeley Township was a stronghold of former Ocean County Republican chairman George Gilmore, who whose law firm represented the town until his indictment in 2019.

Gibbs has the backing of councilwoman Judy Noonan.

“After speaking with David, I firmly believe that he is the best candidate to help our veterans receive the services they deserve,” said Byrnes, a Vietnam War veteran. “Our region is home to a significant population of veterans and David will be a tireless advocate for them in Washington.”

Richter faces former Burlington County freeholder director Kate Gibbs, Barnegat mayor John Novak and former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto for the GOP nomination to take on Kim.

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