Grassroots momentum building behind conservative businessman in NJ02
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ – Following a rigorous screening process earlier this week, conservative businessman David Richter was unanimously endorsed by the Burlington County Republican Committee this morning. The endorsement caps a week that saw Richter earn support from the first two countywide officials to endorse in the race – Atlantic County Freeholders Rich Dase and John Risley – as well as Mullica Township Mayor Chris Silva, Deputy Mayor Larry Riffle, Councilwoman and Republican Club President Kristi Hanselmann, and Councilman Bruce Crowe.
“This has been a great week for the campaign and the momentum building behind us is undeniable,” said Richter. “To win the endorsement in Burlington County – the county that I grew up in and where I worked for more than 20 years – is very special to me. The people of South Jersey need a real conservative in Congress, and I will never waver in my support of secure borders, lower taxes, smaller government, and our constitutional rights.”
“We appreciate all of the candidates who came before our committee to screen, but with his successful background in business, his roots in South Jersey, and his ability to raise the funds necessary to win a competitive congressional election, it was evident to us that David is far and away the best candidate to defeat Jeff Van Drew in November and return this seat to Republican hands,” said Burlington County GOP Chairman Sean Earlen. “Fresh off our big wins in the 8th District last month, we’re energized and reading to carry that success in to 2020.”
New Jersey’s Second Congressional District includes all of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties as well as parts of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean counties.
Jeff Van Drew is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress. President Donald Trump won the district by five points in 2016 and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin won it by ten points in 2018, while Van Drew barely won the district last year with only 52.9% of the vote despite outspending his Republican opponent by more than six-to-one. After two decades as part of a Democratic majority in Trenton that made New Jersey the highest taxed and least friendly state for business in America, Van Drew has gone to Washington and voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi 91% of the time and with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 84% of the time.
Richter is the former CEO of global construction management firm Hill International. A lifelong Republican, he grew up in and has spent most of his life living and working in South Jersey. He earned two bachelor’s degrees and a law degree from Penn as well as master’s degrees from Oxford and Harvard. Richter and his wife Michelle, who have been married for 20 years, are the parents of four daughters.
For more information on the David Richter for Congress campaign, please visit our website at www.Richter2020.com.