Healey wins Burlington GOP line in bid to unseat Kim

Burlington County Republicans have endorsed businessman Bob Healey, Jr. for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

Healey faces Ian Smith, the owner of South Jersey’s Atilis Gym and prominent critic of Governor Phil Murphy, in the June GOP primary. The winner will face Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown).

By appointing a successful businessman and philanthropist like Bob Healey, we can begin to bring common sense back to our nation’s capital and provide a counterweight to this failed president,” said Burlington County GOP Chairman Sean Earlen. “Unlike Andy Kim, Bob is not a DC insider. From running a business that employs over 1,600 people in South Jersey; to major charities working with at-risk youth in the Burlington County, and the women and children of Sierra Leone, Bob knows how to meet vital needs both at home and abroad.

Burlington is also backing former Collingswood School Board member Claire Gustafson in her race to unseat Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) in the 1st District.

Mike Ditzel, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and Burlington County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant, will run for sheriff.

Former Moorestown School Board member Jeff Fortune will be the GOP nominee for county commissioner.

“The Burlington County Republican Committee has a long history of successfully recruiting and supporting diverse and dynamic candidates for elected office,” Earlen said. “We’re proud to continue that tradition with a slate ready to take back control of the House of Representatives and give Republicans a seat at the Mount Holly table.”