State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown) said today that it’s premature to make an endorsement in the 12th District Republican congressional primary between Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre and venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle.
“There’s some strong candidates running, and that’s a good and healthy thing,” said Kyrillos, whose hometown is split between the 12th and 6th Congressional Districts. “Mike [Halfacre] and I talked a little bit, and we’re going to talk some more.”
Halfacre has been campaigning for the party nomination for almost a year, but Sipprelle started expressing interest last month and formally announced last week. Sipprelle plans a campaign kickoff event on Wednesday in Princeton.
Assemblyman Samuel Thompson’s (R-Old Bridge) hometown is also split between the 12th and 6th Districts. He remains neutral as well, and said that a vigorous primary could actually help raise the profile of the eventual nominee, who will have an uphill battle against incumbent U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Princeton).
”If you have some well-known, excellent candidate, you might be better off [without a primary]” he said. “If they don’t kill each other, and you start with an unknown, they will become known to the public through a primary.”