Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio today won the official backing of fellow Freeholder Rick Gardner, as DiMaio pursues an Assembly seat in the 23rd Legislative District.
“It is with great pride that I support & endorse my fellow Freeholder John DiMaio in his run for the Assembly in the 23rd Legislative District,” said Gardner, a Franklin Township farmer. “The conservative roots and values of the citizens in the 23rd District are time-honored traditional values that have made this region one of the best places to live in New Jersey.
“John’s role in nearly eliminating the county debt, fighting against the Highlands legislation and vigorously pursuing open space and farmland preservation further serve to prove his conservative credentials and make him best suited to represent the 23rd District in the State Assembly,” Gardner added.
DiMaio is competing with Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt and Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson for two vacancies created by Sen. Marcia Karrow’s (R-Raritan Twp.) move up to claim the senate seat vacated by state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) and Assemblyman Michael Doherty’s (R-Washington Twp.) decision to relinquish his Assembly seat to pursue the upper house seat now occupied by Karrow.
The trio of candidates will make their respective cases before the joint Hunterdon-Warren Republican County Committee on Feb. 21.