Madden’s GOP opponent drops out

Democrat Fred Madden unseated an incumbent Republican State Senator four years ago by just 64 votes after the Camden County Democrats spend nearly $5 million on his campaign.

Now, Madden is unopposed in his bid for re-election to a second term. His Republican opponent, former Gloucester Township GOP Chairman John Jankowski, dropped out of the race on June 24, and so far, no new challenger her emerged.

Jankowski sent his notice of withdrawal to Camden County Clerk James Beach, whose office confirms they received it on June 29. But technically, Jankowski remains on the ballot, since his letter should have gone to the state Division of Elections.

A representative of the elections office told that while they are aware of Jankowski’s withdrawal, they have not yet received his signed letter.

Beach is the Camden County Democratic Chairman.

Republicans in Camden and Gloucester counties had a hard time recruiting candidates earlier this year. Gloucester Township Councilman Daniel Hutchison considered a Senate bid, but decided he liked Madden too much to run to run against him. In May, Hutchison switched his party registration for Republican to Democrat. Former State Sen. George Geist, who lost to Madden, was asked to run by leaders of some public employee unions, but he declined. Later, Governor Jon Corzine reappointed him to serve as a state Administrative Law Judge.

Today, Gloucester Township GOP Municipal Chairman Frank Mellace announced that he was resigning, switching parties, and endorsing the entire Democratic slate. Madden’s GOP opponent drops out