There’s one less Republican congressional candidate from Ocean County.
Virginia “Ginny” Haines, a former lottery commissioner, Assemblywoman and current Republican National Committeewoman, has withdrawn her name from consideration to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton.
Haines, whose ex-husband Dean Haines narrowly lost the 1984 Republican primary for the seat against Saxton, said that taking care of her elderly mother and aunt doesn’t leave her enough time to run the kind of campaign necessary to secure the Republican nomination and win the general election.
“I just feel I wouldn’t be able to devote the time that’s necessary,” said Haines, who said that having been married to a congressional candidate gave her a good idea of what it takes to run. “It takes a lot and I just feel that I really wouldn’t be able to give it the 100% needed to run. As much as I would like to do that and think it would be good, I’m bowing out.”
Instead, Haines will sit on the screening committee tomorrow to recommend a candidate for the Ocean County Republican Committee to endorse.
Still in the running from Ocean County are Freeholders John Kelly and Joe Vicari, Toms River Councilman Maurice Hill, and Army Reserve Lieutenant Mario Boemio. Also screening in Ocean County tomorrow is Lockheed Martin Vice President Chris Myers, who is close to Saxton and is considered that county’s likely choice.
But Haines said that Ocean County Republicans still feel it’s important to field one of their own.
“Ocean County is really grown… I feel that we should have someone represent us from the congressional district,” said Haines.