Gloucester Township GOP Municipal Chairman Frank Mellace is resigning, switching parties, and says he will back the entire Democratic slate of legislative, Freeholder and Council candidates in the general election. Gloucester Township, population 64,350, is one of the largest municipalities in Camden County — and one of the largest towns in the state with a Republican Mayor.
"Let us be clear. This is not about whether we call ourselves Republican or Democrat but rather about who we think would do a better job for the taxpayers. Simply put, it is no contest. On all kinds of issues and initiatives, our Democratic representatives have championed the needs of the taxpayers, and they are dedicated to continue being their advocates," said Mellace and Charles Klingberg, the GOP organization Treasurer, who is also switching parties. "By contrast, the county and local Republican parties and their candidates have been silent or ineffective – or both – on matters important to our hard-working residents That's why the Republicans continue to lose elections. They serve up candidates and platforms that are short on ideas and the commitment to do the hard work required to meet the needs of the township and the region."