Warren County Freeholder Director John DiMaio today formally endorsed Assemblyman Michael J. Doherty (R-Washington Township) for the 23rd District state senate seat U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance is vacating to go to Congress.
"I have worked side-by-side with Mike as a member of the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He has a strong work ethic and he has always taken the correct stand on difficult issues,” said DiMaio in a statement.
“Mike is a true friend of families and taxpayers as evidenced by his record as a Freeholder and Assemblyman. Mike Doherty is one of the most focused individuals that I have worked with in my 28 years of elected service,” the freeholder director added. “When the little guy needs a hand, Mike is always ready to help out. Mike has earned my respect and he will be a great asset to all of us in the 23rd District as our next Senator."
An eight-year veteran of the freeholder board, and formerly mayor of Hackettstown for nine years, DiMaio is running for the Assembly seat that either Doherty or his rival for the senate seat, Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) would vacate to move up as Lance’s replacement.
That doesn’t mean he and Doherty will necessarily tag-team next year, the assemblyman said, as several other candidates are likely to make a move for the open assembly seat, including Hunterdon County freeholders Erik Peterson and Matt Holt.
"I am extremely pleased to receive the endorsement of John DiMaio,” Doherty said. “John and I worked closely together as members of the Warren County Freeholder Board to cut the county tax rate 21 percent and to reduce the county debt. I am thrilled to have John's support, which is very important for the upcoming county committee convention and the Republican primary on June 2nd."