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Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Egg Harbor Township, where 18% of Atlantic GOP voters live, goes for Ciattarelli

Sonny McCullough and Frank Balles will serve as Ciattarelli for Governor Atlantic county co-chairs

By David Wildstein, December 16 2020 4:39 pm

Egg Harbor Township, which has the greatest number of registered Republicans in Atlantic County, has moved en masse to support Jack Ciattarelli for the Republican nomination for governor.

Ciattarelli was endorsed on Wednesday by the entire governing body, former Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough, and Atlantic County Freeholder Frank Balles.

McCullough and Balles will serve as co-chairs of Ciattarelli’s campaign in Atlantic County.

Nearly one-in-five Republicans in Atlantic County (18%) live in Egg Harbor Township, voter registration records show.

Ciattarelli also scored big endorsements in Hammonton, where about 6% of GOP voters reside.

“Jack has worked hard alongside us for years in the fight to elect strong Republican candidates, including in President Trump’s re-election fight and for local offices all over Atlantic County,” said McCullough, who served in the State Senate in 2007.  “Jack has been there for us and now we are ready to fight for him as he takes on Phil Murphy and takes back our state.”

Mayor Paul Hodson and Township Committeeman Joe Cafero, the GOP municipal chairman, are backing Ciattarelli, along with Deputy Mayor Laura Pfrommer and Township Committeemen Andrew Parker and Ray Ellis.

Also endorsing Ciattarelli: Atlantic County Federation of Republican Women president Cyndi Balles; Republican Club president John Hoffman; Frank Finnerty, a former freeholder and deputy mayor; former Republican Club president Marc Friedman; and former Holy Spirit High School football coach Lou Paludi.

“The simple truth is that Atlantic County has suffered under Governor Murphy. Jack has the real-world experience and the plan to fix our badly broken state,” said Balles, a former Atlantic County Sheriff and until this fall, an Egg Harbor Township Committeeman.  “Jack will repair our economy, attract small businesses, save our suburbs, and create good-paying jobs for our residents. I am proud to support Jack and will work hard to help him get elected.”

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