Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt is taking sides in the race for State Assembly in the 8th district, endorsing incumbent Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) and former Sheriff Jean Stanfield, calling incumbent Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) a fraud.
GOP county organizations in Burlington, Atlantic and Camden dumped Howarth from their organization line after concluding that he had considered switching parties along with Republican-turned-Democrat Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham).
“The State Republican Party has a general practice of not weighing into our party’s primaries,” said Steinhardt. “But in the case of Joe Howarth, we’re making an exception. The Assemblyman is a fraud and a Republican by registration only. His abrupt shift from begging South Jersey Democrats to take him in, to reinventing himself as a ‘MAGA Trump Republican’ is nothing short of corruption.”
Steinhardt says he wants voters to know “who the real Republicans are in this race.”
“Jean Stanfield is the first female Sherriff in Burlington County history and Ryan Peters is a Navy SEAL Commander who served multiple deployments abroad. They understand honor, commitment, and integrity,” said Steinhardt. “They both have strong conservative records and impressive resumes of public service. It is a privilege to support them.”