Atlantic County Commissioner John Risley is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 2nd district, according to a report from WPG Talk Radio host Harry Hurley.
Risley had been in a four-way race for two seats in a bid for a rematch of his nearly-successful bid to unseat Assemblyman John Armato (R-Buena) in 2019.
The presumptive GOP State Senate candidate, former Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township), had teamed up with former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Claire Swift, a former deputy attorney general.
Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz is also seeking party support for the Assembly at the March 20 GOP convention.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration as a candidate for State Assembly at our Republican Convention,” Risley said in a statement. “I entered this race because I believe I had the best chance to win in November. The people of the Second District know the Risley name and have trusted me many times with their vote. However, the time has come to take a different course.”
This story was updated at 2:04 PM with comment from Risley.