EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Former CEO David Richter entered the NJ-02 Republican primary on Monday with high expectations concerning the money he could bring to bear on the race, but intra-party rival Brian Fitzherbert is continuing to rack up endorsements on the ground.
On Tuesday, Fitzherbert announced the endorsement of Northfield Mayor Erland Chau.
“I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian and witnessed his leadership skills growing the Republican Party in Atlantic County and throughout South Jersey. Even more, Brian impressed me by taking his fellow Republicans to a shooting range for an event showing real leadership and commitment to teaching the next generation about the use of firearms and gun safety. His conservative values and commitment to our community is exactly what we need and that’s why I strongly endorse Brian Fitzherbert for Congress,” said Mayor Chau.
Fitzherbert also has the backing of the mayors of Vineland and Linwood.
The Republican winner of the three-way primary (which includes former NJ-01 candidate Robert Patterson) will face Democrat freshman Jeff Van Drew next November.
New Jersey’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District includes all of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties in addition to portions of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Ocean Counties. President Trump carried the district by 14,830 votes in 2016.