Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham), battling for re-election after Republican leaders in Burlington County announced they would not support his bid for a third term, has won the personal endorsements of GOP municipal chairs in Waterford and Berlin Borough.
Waterford and Berlin are two of the Camden County municipalities in the 8th legislative district, along with Pine Valley and Pine Hill (pop. 12). The Camden portion of the district made up 5% of the total votes cast for Howarth in the 2017 Republican primary.
Berlin Republican municipal chairman Joe Adolf praised Howarth as a “loyal and active” Republican. Burlington County GOP chairman Sean Earlen is refusing to back Howarth because he believes the legislator was negotiating a party switch in January when State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) left the GOP.
Howarth has denied that he considered switching parties.
“We should not and cannot give in to false rumors and gossip in condemning a man such as Joe who has put our interests above his own,” said Adolf, a former mayor of Magnolia.
In a nearly identical statement, Waterford GOP municipal chairman Alphons J. Campbell called Howarth a “friend and supporter of us here in Waterford.”
“A leader like him doesn’t come around often and when it does, we need to stand with him,” Campbell said.
The support of Adolf and Campbell might not matter. Camden County Republican Chairman Richard Ambrosino told the New Jersey Globe that his organization line will be awarded to the candidates running with the endorsement of the Burlington County Republican organization.