Atlantic County Republicans back van Drew, outgoing commissioners at annual convention | Government and politics

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Republicans at the Atlantic County GOP convention on Saturday were optimistic about their party’s success in this year’s election.

The party has just emerged from a mini “red wave” in 2021 that has seen its candidates sweep the legislative and local commissioner races and come very close to unseating Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.

“Last year was a huge success. We’re celebrating our victories,” said Atlantic County GOP Chairman Keith Davis, who also noted that the party “deserves bragging and rejoicing a little bit. “.

“This Atlantic County organization is stronger than it’s ever been,” Davis said. “When you look at the number of seats we hold, it would be quicker for me to tell you what positions the Republicans don’t have in Atlantic County than what positions we hold today.”

This year’s high-profile races for the county include the 2nd congressional district, held by Republican Jeff Van Drew, and three seats on the board of commissioners.

There were no contested primaries to settle this year, making the nomination process much easier.

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Van Drew was nominated for re-election by Absecon Councilman Nick LaRotonda and seconded by County Clerk Joe Giralo.

“Ladies and gentlemen, elections have consequences. They matter,” said Van Drew, who spoke on a number of issues including Americanism, immigration, COVID-19, immigration, TV channels, and more. sourcing and China.

Van Drew thanked his staff, especially his chief of staff Allison Murphy and his political campaign manager Ron Filan, who also received the Seashell Award for his diligent campaign work.

Commissioner General Amy Gatto and 4th District Commissioner Richard Dase were also nominated for re-election. There was no decision on the 1st Commissioner’s District as a new district map based on 2020 census data was due to be chosen on Monday, and the 1st District was among those who could be affected by the proposals. advances.

Democrat Ernest Coursey represents the 1st District, which according to the current map includes Atlantic City, Pleasantville and West Atlantic City in Egg Harbor Township.

All but three Atlantic County municipalities were on hand for the roll call for the event: Corbin City, Port Republic and Pleasantville.

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State Sen. Vince Polistina, who was elected last fall to represent Atlantic County, thanked everyone who supported him and said the party had a “fabulous year.”

But “there is no complacency until we represent all communities in Atlantic County,” Polistina said. He then offered a minute of silence to the Ukrainian people.

Republican state chairman Bob Hugin was also present on Saturday.

“It’s great to be together,” Hugin said while mentioning the end of the statewide mask mandate. “Good things don’t happen by accident. In November we have to stick together to win.”

The county’s Democratic convention is scheduled for March 20.

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