Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick is backing Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) for re-election to the State Assembly but has taken a pass on the other incumbent in the 8th district, Joe Howarth (R-Evesham).
Bramnick used his campaign account to contribute $5,000 to Peters’ re-election campaign on May 1, after county Republican organizations in Burlington, Atlantic and Camden refused to back Howarth for a third term.
Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the New Jersey Globe that Howarth and Bramnick came to blows over the minority leader’s financial support of Peters. Bramnick had told the New Jersey Globe in February that he intended to remain neutral in the race.
Howarth approached Bramnick to ask when he might expect his $5,000.
Bramnick told him he was backing Peters, but that would be the only candidate to receive his support in the Republican primary.
“Go fuck yourself,” Howarth told Bramnick, the sources confirmed. “You’re the worst leader we’ve ever had. I can’t believe I voted for you twice.”
Calling Howarth a fraud, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt endorsed Peters and his running mate, former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, last night.
“The State Republican Party has a general practice of not weighing into our Party’s primaries,” said Steinhardt. “But in the case of Joe Howarth, we’re making an exception. The Assemblyman is a fraud and a Republican by registration only. His abrupt shift from begging South Jersey Democrats to take him in, to reinventing himself as a “MAGA Trump Republican” is nothing short of corruption.”