LD1: Testa locks up GOP senate primary as Fiocchi withdraws

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. – The Sam Fiocchi team had hoped that Cape May County — where he remains popular with Republicans — would give his candidacy the running room it needed to contest the June primary.

It wasn’t to be.

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The former LD1 Assembly decided to withdraw on Wednesday evening after opponent Mike Testa, the Cumberland County Republican chairman, won the Cape May party’s endorsement. The district is split between the two deep South Jersey counties (with a tad of Atlantic thrown in). Wednesday night’s vote wasn’t close: 116-33 in Testa’s favor.

Testa had already locked up the Cumberland County endorsement.

Now the presumptive nominee, Testa will face state Senator Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) in the fall election. Andrzejczak was appointed to the spot by his party after then-state Senator Jeff Van Drew won the NJ-01 congressional seat last November.

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