The lede for this paragraph was a choice between “if a tree falls in the woods” and “Johnny, We hardly knew ‘ye”: political newcomers Jonathan Mangel and Isabelita “Lita” Abele withdrew as a Republican candidate for Gloucester County Freeholder today. Mangel says he dropped out “due to a sudden and unexpected increase in personal and business obligations,” but Abele blamed her exit on the newly-elected Republican County Chairwoman, Loren Oglesby. Mangel says he continues “to support [former Clayton Councilman] Phil Tartaglione, who even during his recent health crisis, has worked tirelessly on the campaign. Mr. Tartaglione is a man of high morals, ethics and values and has great ideas for the people of Gloucester County.” The Gloucester GOP organization, who must now hold a special convention to replace Mangel on the ballot, has been sharply divided since the election of a new County Chair last June. In Cherry Hill, Richard Ambosino, a State Street lobbyist (he’s with GOP State Chairman Tom Wilson’s old firm) who worked for the Republican State Committee and the Whitman for Governor campaign, dropped out of the race for the Cherry Hill Township Council. 27-year-old Evesham Councilwoman Jamie Montgomery resigned because she is moving out of town. Montgomery, a political fundraiser at a GOP firm headed by Wilson’s wife, says she didn’t know the timing of her resignation just after yesterday’s 4PM deadline, allows the GOP to fill her seat without holding a special election until 2006.