Risley joins LD2 GOP Primary, makes contest a four-man race

Risley joins LD2 GOP Primary, makes contest a four-man race

LINWOOD, N.J. — Atlantic County Freeholder John Risley is joining the LD2 Assembly contest. 

Risley’s campaign announcement focused heavily on Atlantic-specific issues, “[b]ut Atlantic County doesn’t live in isolation,” according to the candidate.

“I am deeply concerned about out-of-control spending and taxation in New Jersey. Residents are fleeing the State in ever-larger numbers; frustrated by lack of property tax relief, bloated state government, and crippling debt levels. Governor Murphy’s ‘Social Bank’ and Assemblyman Mazzeo’s countywide property tax assessment plan are only two examples of new government programs that will cost Atlantic County taxpayers. We don’t need Assemblymen who will merely rubber-stamp the Governor’s decisions. We need a person who will take his experience in local legislation to Trenton and work with Senator Chris Brown to effectively legislate for Atlantic County and the entire Second District.”

Somers Point Councilman James Toto announced his own candidacy early Monday; Republican Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica and Ventnor Mayor Beth Maccagnano Holtzman entered the contest on Sunday. Both of LD2’s Assembly seats are currently occupied by Democrats.