Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) has won the endorsements of eleven of the fifteen Republican municipal chairs from the Burlington County portion of the 8th district.
The move comes ten days after Burlington GOP county chairman Sean Earlen announced that he would not back Howarth for re-election this year, citing his belief that the Republican legislator considered switching parties along with State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham).
The eleven municipal chairs signed a letter to Earlen asking that Howarth receive organization support in his bid for a third term.
“Joe has been there for us, and now we are here for him. Loyalty deserves to be rewarded with loyalty,” the chairs wrote. “We call on you to give the full support of the Burlington County Republican Committee to Assemblyman Joe Howarth.”
The endorsements came from party leaders in Evesham, Easthampton, Mansfield, Medford Lakes, Mount Holly, Pemberton Borough, Pemberton Township, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield, and Westhampton.
The chairs called Howarth “a loyal supporter and advocate for our party and the principals on which it is built.”
“In the last decade, you will be hard pressed to find a Republican volunteer, elected official or county committee member who has not had a chance to chat with Joe at HQ, a club meeting, rally or at a GOTV launch,” the chairs wrote in their letter. “There is something to be said about his accessibility to everyone and not just party insiders.”
Howarth says he plans on running in the Republican primary whether he has the organization line or note.
He says those towns represent 69% of the county committee seats in the Burlington part of his district.
Camden County Republican chairman Richard Ambrosino said he will follow Earlen’s lead. Atlantic County Republicans are waiting until their convention next month.Howarth Feb182019