LoBiondo and DiFrancesco back Giuliani

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a conservative Congressman from South Jersey, has endorsed Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco has also endorsed Giuliani, whose poll numbers and organizational endorsements make him the clear front runner in New Jersey's February 2008 Republican primary. Former National League President Leonard Coleman, State Sen. Joseph Palaia, Assmeblyman Steven Corodemus, former Republican National Committeewoman Judith Stanley, former Republican Leadership Council President Stephen Distler, former State Sen. Louis Bassano, Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, former Mercer County Chairman Phil Angarone Sr., former Mercer County Chairman Phil Angarone, and former Mercer County Executive Bob Prunetti have also announced their support of Giuliani.

In New Jersey, Giuliani has the backing of 12 of 21 Repblican County Chairmen and a majority of the Republican State Senators.

LoBiondo becomes the first member of the New Jersey House delegation to formally endorse a presidential candidate, although Rep. Jim Saxton has indicated his support of Rep. Duncan Hunter.

The complete list of 167 New Jersey elected officials newly joining the ranks of Rudy Giuliani supporters appears below. Five weeks ago, a list of 279 names of elected and party officials was released. The Mayor has now been endorsed by 12 of New Jersey's 21 County Chairmen, 10 of 18 Republican State Senators and 13 of 32 Republican State Assemblymen.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo

Governor Donald T DiFrancesco

State Senator Joseph Palaia, District 11

Assemblyman Steve Corodemus, District 11

Salem County Chairman Paul Reed

former State Senator C. Louis Bassano


Julie Acton, Freeholder, Salem County

Sue Bestwick, former Freeholder, Salem County

Joe Constance, former President of Freeholder Board, Mercer County

Mary Gruccio, Freeholder, Cumberland County

Wade Hale, Deputy County Clerk, Burlington County

Harry Kennedy, former County Chair, former Freeholder Director

Jean Stanfield, Sheriff, Burlington County


Ed Abbot, Mayor, Essex Fells

Thomas Ballistreri, Mayor, Folsom

Tom Bassford, Mayor, Galloway Township

Suzanne Castleman, Mayor, Little Silver

Walter Davison, former Mayor, Ringwood

Richard DePamphilis III, Mayor, Linwood

Serena DiMaso, Mayor, Holmdel

Ronald Francioli, Mayor, Hanover Township

Dave Fried, Mayor, Washington Township

Brian Gallagher, Mayor, Somerville

Randolph George, Mayor, North Haledon

Nancy Grbelja, Mayor, Millstone

Michael Halfacre, Mayor, Fair Haven

Herb Kiehn, former Mayor, Chatham Boro

Michael Kirsh, Deputy Mayor, Green Brook

Renate Lampe, former Mayor, North Haledon (and former Deputy County Clerk Passaic County)

Joe Lapaglia, Mayor, Woodcliff Lake

William Larkin, Mayor, Ocean Township

Michael Lavery, Mayor, Hackettstown

Peter Maclearie, Mayor, Tinton Falls

John Murrin, Mayor, Pompton Lakes

Marty Pagliughi, Mayor, Borough of Avalon

Gary Paparozzi, Mayor, Lodi

David T. Pfund, Mayor, Village of Ridgewood

Richard Plambeck, Mayor, Chatham Boro

Victor Polce, Mayor, Old Tappan

Dr. Gerald Scharfenberger, Mayor, Middletown

Jim Stuart, Mayor, Colts Neck

Rick Vander Wende, Mayor, Waldwick (also Municipal Chairman)

Robert Viglianti, Mayor, Mountainside

Suzanne Walters, Mayor, Stone Harbor

Thomas Wanner, Mayor, Westwood

Peg Watkins, Mayor, River Edge

Edward P. Zimmerman, Mayor, Borough of Rocky Hill


Chad Chamberlain, State Committee Member, Warren County

William Gervens, State Committee Member, Passaic County

Lee Lichtenberger, State Committee Member, Hudson County

Janice Mitchell Mintz, State Committeewoman, Mercer County

Lynda Pagliughi, Vice Chair, NJGOP and State Committeewoman, Cape May County

Phil Rhudy, State Committee Member, Gloucester County (and former Mayor of Harrison Township)

Charles P. Shotmeyer, State Committee Member, Bergen County

Linda Zisa, State Committeewoman, Passaic County


Scott Aagre, Republican Municipal Chairman, Hazlet

Jayme Alfano, Vice Municipal Chair and former Council Member, Little Falls

Rosalie Aloia, Board of Education, Garfield

Lou Aloia, Council Member/former Mayor, Garfield

Robert Avery, Council President, Ridgefield

Tony Ayres, Municipal Chair, Monroe Township

Rosalie Baker, Council Member, Buena Boro

Marshall Bartlett, Township Committee, Harding

John Bertollo, Council Member, Hawthorne

Suzanne Blum, Republican Club President, East Brunswick

Dennis J. Bonagura, Council Member, Franklin Lakes

Carole Cardinale, Council Member, Demarest

David S. Catuogno, former Municipal Chair, Franklin Lakes

Diane Christiana, Council President, Roseland Borough

Joeen Ciannella, Council Member, Park Ridge

Anthony Costanzo, Council Member, Demarest

Robert Coyle Sr., Chairman Totowa Planning Board, Totowa

Ray Cywinski, Council Member, Demarest

Lou D'Angelo, Council Member, Totowa

Barbara Dawson, Executive Director, Morris County GOP

Joan P. DeVoe, Council Member, Rumson

Ellen Dickson, Council Member, Summit

Joseph DiDonato, Council Member, Wayne

Donald Dinsmore, Committee Member and former mayor, Harding Township

Frank Donato, Retired Superior Court Judge,

Pat Dougherty, Municipal Chair, Franklin Township

Bob Edgar, Municipal Chair, Harding

Dave Ferrucci, Committee Member, Franklin Township

Arlene Festa, Council Member, Totowa

Kathi Fiamingo, Council Member, Kenilworth

Michael Friscia, Council Member, Franklin Lakes

Cordelia "Cory" Fuller, Council Member, Chatham Boro

Frank Gaccione, former Council Member, Clifton

Paul Grauppe, former Zoning Commissioner, Clifton

Sharon Hes, Municipal Chair, Teaneck

Michael Hsing, Council President, Bridgewater

Wendy Jones, former Council Member, Fair Haven

Robert Kassai, Council Member, Elmwood Park

Chris Kelly, Council Member, Borough of Hamburg

Vicki Kimmins, Council Member, Westfield

Dennis Kirwan, former Council Member, West Milford

Ron Kistner, former Council Member, Hasbrouck Heights

Charles Larsen, former Council Member, Ringwood

Frank Liscio, former Municipal Chair, Little Falls

Kathy Lodato, President, Federation of Republican Women, Monmouth County

Frank Macioce, Council Member, Summit

Tracey Maffiore, Republican Club President, former Council Member, Hazlet

Nancy Malool, Council Member, Scotch Plains

Alexander C. Marino, Council Member, Linwood

Bill McClintock, Municipal Chair, former Mayor, Scotch Plains

Neil McIntyre, Committee Member, South Harrison Township

Bernadette McKaskey, Council Member, Lodi

Glen Mortimer, Council Member, Mountainside

James Niland, Council Member, Totowa

Howard Pachasa, former Municipal Chair, Washington Township

Patti Page, Vice Chair, Morris County GOP

Gerard Porter, Council Member, Wayne

Phil Pugliese, Council Member, Totowa

Victor Rabbat, Freeholder Candidate Passaic County

Clifford Raisch, Municipal Vice Chair, Middletown

Ed Ramirez, Municipal Chair, Morristown

Antonette Ravo, Municipal Chair, North Haledon

Ray Reddin Jr., Passaic Valley High School Board Attorney,

Christopher Rinn, Council Member, Fair Haven

Art Roselli, former Municipal Chair, Ringwood

Robert Rubilla, Council Member, Roselle Park

Carmello Scangrello, Council Member and Municipal Chair, West Milford

Joseph G. Schweighardt, Council Member, Wayne

Chuck Shotmeyer, former Council Member, Franklin Lakes

Richard Smith, Municipal Chair, Bloomingdale

Susan Smith, Council Member, Bloomingdale

Joe Smolinski, Council Member, West Milford

Richard Strobel, Municipal Chair, Cinnaminson

David Tinker, Candidate for Township Committee, Hazlet Township

Michele Tolli, Council member, Roseland Borough

John Traier, Municipal Chair, School Board Member, Clifton

Edward J. Trawinski, Council Member, Fair Lawn

Keith Turner, Council President, Mountainside

Maureen Unsinn, Republican Club President, Middletown

Frank Velenzuela, Council Member, Rochelle Park

Michael Vernotico, Council Member, Summit

Hugh Vickerella, Council Member, Totowa

Karen Viscana, Council Member, Lodi

Elaine Vuoncino, Council Member, North Haledon

John Waryas, Council Member, Totowa

Tom Wilkens, Committee Member (and bronze medalist, Sydney Olympics 2000) Middletown

Keith Zakheim, former Council Member, Paramus

Jack Zoller, former Council Member, Hamilton


Michael Angarone, former Freeholder, Mercer County, former Mayor, Hamilton Township

Phil Angarone Jr., former Chairman, Mercer County

Phil Angarone Sr., former Chairman, Mercer County

Joseph J. Bell, former Clerk, Morris County

John Bencivengo, Mayoral Candidate, Hamilton Township

Jon-Robert Bombardieri, Capital Public Affairs,

Leonard Coleman Jr., former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Energy, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; President of MLB National League, All-American football player at Montclair High School

Stephen Distler, Chairman, The Bank of Princeton

Joseph M. Donegan, Esq., Scarinci & Hollenbeck, LLC

Dean Geibel, Founder/Managing Partner, Metro Homes

Michael Horn, former Treasurer, State of New Jersey

Jeanette Issenman, former Executive Director of the State GOP

David C. Jamieson, former Political Director, NJGOP

Rod Kulp, former Municipal Chair, East Brunswick

Ellen Lichtenberger, former Commissioner of Elections, Hudson County

Valarie Maffei Smith, Founder and Past President, Camden County Federation of Republican Women

Eleanore Nissley, former Vice Chair, New Jersey Republican State Committee

Robert D. Prunetti, former County Executive, Mercer County

Frank V Ragazzo, former Exec Dir of Park Commission, Mercer County

Bea Sena, former Co-Chair, New Jersey State GOP

A. Jared Silverman, former Chief of the NJ Bureau of Securities,

Judy Stanley Coleman, former National Committeewoman,

John Zerillo, former Director of Public Safety, Mercer County LoBiondo and DiFrancesco back Giuliani