Two Republican legislators have endorsed newspaper publisher Diane Gooch for the GOP congressional nomination in the sixth district.
Assemblyman Samuel Thompson (R-Old Bridge) and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) said that Gooch, the wife of a Wall Street mega millionaire, has the ability to mount a campaign to unseat the eleven-term Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).
“Diane has demonstrated that she has what it takes to run and organize a campaign of this magnitude,” said Thompson, who is so far unopposed in his bid to become Middlesex County GOP Chairman. “In a very short time, she has built a strong grassroots base of support in Middlesex County, winning the recommendation of our screening committee, as well as the support of the Somerset County screening committee. She is energizing the Party with her candidacy.”
Handlin slammed Pallone for his leadership role in passing health care reform legislation.
“We see how out of touch Frank Pallone is with our concerns here in New Jersey. He was a major part of ramming this healthcare bill through and will now have to answer to his constituents who didn’t want it,” Handlin said.
Gooch already has the backing of State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown), who is Thompson and Handlin’s running mate.