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Republican congressional candidate Robert Kovic. (Photo: Robert Kovic).

Kovic joins Assembly race in 24th distict

Former councilman from Bergen County moved to Sparta a few years ago and ran for GOP nod in NJ-11 earlier this year

By David Wildstein, December 12 2022 1:15 pm

Rob Kovic, a Sparta attorney who briefly sought the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district this year with support from retired Army General Michael Flynn and State Sen. Edward R. Durr (R-Logan), will seek one of the open State Assembly seats in the 24th legislative district.

The incumbents, Parker Space (R-Wantage) and Hal Wirths (R-Wantage), are not seeking re-election in 2023.

“I am running for the legislature in the 24th because the citizens of New Jersey have been subjected to Democrats’ empty promises, lies and mismanagement that have led to hardship for our families and businesses, restrictions on our rights and freedoms and diminished the quality of education for our children,” Kovic stated. “All because Democrats favor their political party ideology above our families, businesses and our children.”

Kovic is the second candidate to formally announce his candidacy – Enrico Fioranelli, a Roxbury gum owner, joined the race in July – but Sussex County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia, Warren County Commissioner Jason Sarnoski, Chester Mayor-elect Michael Inganamort, Lafayette Board of Education President Josh Aikens, and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan have also expressed interest in the Assembly race.  A former gubernatorial and congressional candidate, Lonegan recently moved to Newton.

All are campaigning as conservatives.

“Conservative values are common sense New Jersey values,” Kovic stated. “We believe in hard work, equal opportunity, and the chance to improve the quality of life for our families.”

A former Ridgefield Park councilman, Kovic relocated to Sussex County several years ago.  He dropped out of the congressional race in March after winning just six votes at the Morris County GOP convention and endorsed Tayfun Selen for the nomination.

Under a new map drawn by the Legislative Apportionment Commission this year, 60% of the district is in Sussex, 35% in Morris and 5%.

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