A group of seven women legislators are standing together in support of Kate Gibbs as a group of mostly men try to give the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district to a man who switched districts earlier this week.
“She should not step aside for anyone,” said State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), and Assemblywomen Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton), BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel), Nancy Munoz (R-Summit), Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale), and Aura Dunn (R-Mendham).
“Stats have continually shown that women are under-represented in New Jersey. We know all too well the obstacles that women face, and ultimately overcome, to get elected,” said the legislators. “Just as we are grateful to the women who blazed the trail before us, we are equally committed to supporting the most qualified candidates who will strengthen our State and the Republican Party,”
Gibbs, a 33-year-old labor leader and former Burlington County freeholder director, was viewed as the likely candidate to take on freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).
That changed this week when some Republican leaders sought to clear the field for Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew in the 2nd district by coaxing self-funder David Richter to switch to a race against Kim.
“Kate has repeatedly proven herself to be a strong candidate. Only five weeks after announcing her candidacy for Congress, she raised nearly $150,000, quickly secured endorsements from national organizations and made the NRCC’s Young Guns List. All Republicans should take note of these accomplishments,” the legislators said.
The constituents of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District and New Jersey voters deserve a candidate like Kate Gibbs. We are confident that Kate’s record of dedicated public service and genuine commitment to her constituents will resonate with voters and ultimately prevail.
The only Republican legislator not on the list of Gibbs endorsers is DiAnne Gove (R-Long Beach). The Ocean County Republican organization has not yet decided who they will back in the House race.
Editor’s note: Dunn is a former assemblywoman, but she is unopposed in a special election convention on Saturday and is expected to be sworn into the Assembly on Monday.