Three Burlington County Republican leaders have endorsed David Richter for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district, despite the county GOP organization backing former freeholder director Kate Gibbs.
Township committeewoman Nancy McGinnis, Tabernacle mayor Jack McGinnis, and former township committeeman Justin Michael Murphy announced their backing of Richter today.
Murphy sought the Republican nomination in the 3rd district in 2008 when 12-term Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) retired.
Burlington Republicans backed Medford mayor Christopher Myers, and Ocean County Republicans went with freeholder Jack Kelly. Myers won by 6,163 votes, 49%-25%, over Kelly. Murphy finished third with 25%, just 37 votes behind Kelly.
Myers took Burlington by a 74%-21% margin over Murphy, with Kelly at just 5%.
Ocean County went for Kelly by a 44%-30 margin over Murphy, with Myers at 21%.
Myers won Camden County – Cherry Hill was in the district at the time – by a 69%-16% margin, with Kelly at 15%.
“As a former candidate for Congress I have experienced firsthand the rigorous commitment of both time and resources that is required to run for Congress,” said Murphy. “David is the only candidate in the race who will be able to run a successful campaign to defeat Andy Kim. Additionally, after recent news has come out that the re-fueling tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are once again being targeted for retirement we need a candidate who will fight to support the Joint Base. As a Navy veteran, I know it’s time we had a Congressman who will fight for our military and our veterans.”