Christie picks up Mercer GOP endorsements

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has won endorsements from nine of thirteen Republican municipal chairmen in Mercer County, as well as the backing of GOP County Chairman Roy Wesley and all four of the county's Republican mayors.

Christie was also endorsed by former Mercer County Executive Robert Prunetti. As U.S. Attorney, Christie prosecuted Prunetti's Chief of Staff, Harry Parkin. Parkin's 7 ½ year prison sentence was the longest of any of the more than 100 public officials Christie sent to jail.

Other Mercer County Republican leaders supporting Christie include: U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), State Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton), Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo, Ewing Mayor Jack Ball, Robbinsville Mayor David Fried, and Hightstown Mayor Robert Patten.

"Chris Christie and I sharea commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in society including victims of human trafficking, pornography, forced laborandother crimes and horrifichuman rights abuses," said Smith.He is a strong and innovative leader and as Governor, Chris Christiewillfight for what is just and right for the people ofNew Jersey."

Included in the latest wave of endorsements: former Assemblyman John Hartmann, former Commissioner of Personnel Janice Mitchell Mintz, West Windsor Council President (and mayoral candidate) Charles Morgan, and former GOP County Chairmen Phil Angarone and John Hansbury.

Christie picks up Mercer GOP endorsements