ELECTION 2020: Richter launches, creates three-way GOP NJ-02 primary

AVALON, NJ – Ex-construction CEO David Richter is officially a candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District.

“Jeff Van Drew has completely failed South Jersey voters.  He spent over a decade supporting the Democratic majority in the state legislature and making New Jersey one of the highest-taxed and most anti-business states in the country,” said Richter who filed paperwork earlier on Monday the U.S. Federal Election Commission. “Now, after running as a conservative Democrat, Van Drew has voted in Washington with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez nearly 90% of the time.  We need a real conservative in Congress who will work hard for smaller government, lower taxes and secure borders, and who will fight to protect, not undermine, our constitutional rights.”

Richter’s high-profile career projects include the Battleship USS New Jersey Memorial in Camden as well as the Comcast Center, National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell Pavilion, and Philadelphia International Airport, all in nearby Philadelphia.

2018 primary combatant Brian Fitzherbert and ex-NJ-01 candidate Robert Patterson are also in the race; Fitzherbert has worked to lock up local endorsements including the mayors of Vineland and Linwood. On Monday, he added former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi.

“As many in South Jersey know, Brian and I were competitors in the last election for Congress. Over the campaign, we struck up a friendship and I have to say how lucky we are as Republicans to have Brian in the party. He has the conservative ideals, the intelligence, the will, and the energy to win this race,” Fiocchi said.

The winner of the primary will take on freshman Democrat Congressman Jeff Van Drew next November. Carried by Donald Trump in 2016, the 2nd District is considered one of the Republican Party’s best hopes for a 2020 House pick-up in the Garden State along with NJ-03, NJ-05, and NJ-07.