Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) on Thursday walked back past statements about Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) having the full support of the Republican Assembly Caucus.
“I think we’re going to see how things play out,” Schepisi said. “I honestly haven’t even spoken to him. I don’t know if he intends on staying in, not staying in.”
Since Schepisi said Howarth was running with the full support of her caucus, the assemblyman lost the backing of the Burlington and Camden County Republican Organizations.
Republicans there believe that Howarth attempted to switch parties along with State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) and pulled support for him earlier this month.
Howarth has said he’ll run for reelection as an off-the-line Republican.
Schepisi, who is assistant Republican leader, indicated that if he does manage to make it through his primary, he’ll have the support of the Assembly Republicans.
“We’re going to let the local play out, and then whoever is there has the full support,” Schepisi said. “And we’ll do everything we can do to back them.”