Toms River, NJ – June 16, 2020 – Following tonight’s Republican primary debate in the Third Congressional District, David Richter issued the following statement.
“Tonight the voters saw for themselves that I am the best Republican candidate to take on Andy Kim in the general election. They also saw Kate admitting to being in favor of bigger government, admitting that she is in favor of abortion, and we continued to learn even more about her pattern of disrespect for the rule of law,” said Richter. “Throughout our debate, Gibbs tried to lie her way out of every sticky situation. Unfortunately for her, we have the facts to set the record straight.”
Gibbs: “I lowered taxes as a Freeholder.”
Fact: From 2016 to 2018, Burlington County’s property taxes increased by over $6,000,000, from $155,500,000 to $161,533,330.
Gibbs: “I’m the pro-life candidate.”
Fact: Tonight, Kate admitted to being in favor of abortion. Moderator: “Is there any time you are in favor of abortion?” Gibbs: “The first trimester.”
Gibbs: “The FEC complaint is frivolous and designed to waste money.”
Fact: According to Larry Noble, former general counsel of the FEC, “I have a hard time seeing how it’s legal.”
Gibbs: “My mother got the job before I was a Freeholder.”
Fact: Gibbs’ mother was hired by the Burlington County Bridge Commission in December 2015, after Kate was elected a freeholder. Nevertheless, this still violated Burlington County’s anti-nepotism policy. Additionally, during the lame duck period after Kate lost her re-election (and while Kate was the freeholder liaison to the Bridge Commission), her mother received a promotion and big raise.