Camden County Republicans plan to unveil an assembly candidate in the 4th Legislative District next Thursday, but they’re keeping the identity under wraps until then. The party’s executive director, Tim Saler, hyped the candidate as a “game changer” and would not say any more, although he did unintentionally identify the candidate’s gender.
“We have a very, very good candidate. We’re very excited about him and everyone will be excited when they find out who it is,” Saler told PolitickerNJ.com’s Matt Friedman.
The 4th District is considered a possible pickup for Republicans. Democrats have a nearly 2-1 registration edge, but the GOP held legislative seats there as recently as 2003. Last week, freshman Assemblywoman Sandra Love (D-Gloucester Twp.) announced that she will not seek reelection, increasing Republican hopes of making headway in the district.
Unless former State Sen. George Geist is resigning his judgeship to run for his old Assembly seat, or if Gloucester Township Mayor Cindy Rau Hatton will run for the Legislature instead of re-election to a second term, the short list of game changers may be limited.
Traditionally, Gloucester County Republicans get to pick the other assembly candidate. That party, however, is going through severe internal turmoil, and the only name being mentioned is Dr. Andrew Savicky, a former GOP Freeholder candidate and the director of mental health for the state prison system.