Kramer backs Goodwin over ex-running mate

State Senate candidate Thomas Goodwin has won the endorsement of his opponent’s former running mate.  Former Assemblyman Paul Kramer (R-Hamilton), who ran with Barbara Wright six times, said he’ll back Goodwin in Thursday’s special election convention for the District 14 State Senate seat.

“I was in the State Legislature for eight years, so I know exactly what it takes to campaign, win and serve the people of Central Jersey,” said Kramer.  “Tom Goodwin is the tough, fiscal conservative who will keep this seat in Republican hands in November.”

On Saturday, Goodwin landed the endorsement of former State Sen. Peter Inverso (R-Hamilton), who ran with Kramer and Wright.

Kramer and Wright were elected to the Assembly in the 1991 GOP landslide, ousting incumbents Anthony “Skip” Cimino (D-Hamilton) and Peter Cantu (D-Plainsboro).  They were re-elected in 1993, 1995 and 1997, but lost bids for a fifth term in 1999 to Democrats Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Gary Guear (D-Hamilton).

“When the legislative team of Senator Inverso and Assemblyman Kramer were serving us in Trenton, we always knew we had someone fighting for our interests,” said Goodwin.  “No one will fight harder than me to keep our tax dollars where they belong – in the pockets of Central Jerseyans.”

Goodwin and Wright are facing off for the seat of Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton), who left the Senate to become Gov. Christopher Christie’s top staffer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.