Toms River, NJ – March 19, 2020 – Allan Cartine, Former Councilman Jim Fozman and Vera Fozman, all members of the Brick Township Republican Club in attendance at the club’s meeting on March 9, 2020, together issued the following statement to confirm the club’s endorsement of David Richter for Congress in New Jersey’s Third District.
“At our meeting on March 9th, Club President Ruthanne Scaturro asked for a motion from the floor to follow the Ocean County GOP Council recommendation and endorse David Richter for Congress. Upon a motion and second being duly made from the floor, Ruthanne asked all in favor to state ‘aye’ to which there were many responses. After that, Ruthanne then asked for any opposed to say so. There was silence in the room,” said the group.
Richter campaign manager Tom Bonfonti added, “I attended the Brick GOP meeting as well and I can confirm that the club did in fact endorse David. The morning after the meeting I reached out to Ruthanne via text message. Our campaign asked Ruthanne personally for a quote to accompany the release announcing the club’s endorsement. At no time did she refute the endorsement that her club made, despite her later claims of being ‘stunned’ by our public announcement.” A copy of the text exchange is below.
Neither Kate Gibbs nor anyone else from her campaign attended the March 9th Brick GOP Club meeting.