Don’t count veteran U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) among those Republicans getting ready to party down in Cleveland later this month.
LoBiondo won’t be attending the Republican National Convention, his spokesman told PolitickerNJ.
It’s not that the South Jerseyan has a specific objection to this year’s festivities, his press person told us. LoBiondo attended neither Minneapolis (2008) nor Tampa (2012).
“He [LoBo] will be in South Jersey during that time,” said Jason Galanes in an emailed response, referring to July 18-21.
The congressman, whose past connection to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump formed the basis of an attack ad issued by his general election rival, issued a statement in June on the state of the general election contest.
“I have always supported the Republican nominee and will support the Republican nominee this year,” LoBiondo said. “I am, however, concerned with the negative tone and personal attacks that have come to define this Presidential race on both sides. I have always and will continue to put South Jersey first and people before politics. From business owners to working men and women, I have worked closely and cooperatively with anyone who wanted to make South Jersey better. I will continue to partner with those who care about results and solutions, not politics just for the sake of politics.”