Assemblymen Ned Thomson and Sean Kean aren’t ready to endorse a candidate in the third district’s Republican primary.
“I will, but right now I’m not prepared to do that. But I’m watching. It’s interesting with the counties taking different paths. I know some of the candidates better than others,” Kean said. “It’s going to be interesting, but for now I’m just going to sit back and watch.”
Former Hill International CEO David Richter won the Ocean County Republican line over former Burlington County Freeholder in an upset win Wednesday night.
Gibbs had the backing of the county Republicans’ screening committee, and several of the district’s Republican lawmakers endorsed her in the days ahead of the convention.
Kean, Thomson and State Sen. Bob Singer were not among those, though Singer said he would support Richter on Thursday.
Thomson likely won’t wait long to make an endorsement.
“I haven’t gotten a chance to review the votes at this point,” he said. “I know that Kate did not make it, but we’ll be endorsing someone soon.”