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Mike Torrissi mulling Assembly bid

Hammonton councilman might seek Joe Howarth seat

By David Wildstein, February 08 2019 8:22 pm

Hammonton councilman Michael Torrissi is considering bid for State Assembly in the 8th district, where incumbent Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) has lost party support in his bid for re-election.

“I’ve had a couple of people ask I was interested, and I am,” Torrissi said.

Torrissi said that he had a conversation with Burlington County Republican chairman Sean Earlen about teaming up with Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Lumberton).

A three-term councilman, Torrissi is a managing member of Samuel Coraluzzo Co. and Torrissi Transport, a petroleum transportation company.  He had considered a run for Congress to succeed Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) in 2018.

Torrissi, 43, said he would only consider running if he had the support of the county party leadership.

“Whatever is done is done with the blessings of the county chairmen,” he told the New Jersey Globe.  “I will honor that.”

Earlen announced earlier this evening that he would not support Howarth for re-election.  Camden County GOP chairman Richard Ambrosino said he would back Earlen and the Atlantic County Republican chairman, Keith Davis, said his organization line would go with whichever candidate had the backing of the Hammonton GOP.

In 2017, Burlington made up 87% of the Republican primary vote in the 8th, with 8% out of four Camden County towns and 5% from Hammonton.

Howarth told The Globe that he plans to run in the Republican primary off the line.

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