The New Jersey Tea Party has endorsed Mayor Mike Halfacre of Fair Haven over Prunceton businessman Scott Sipprelle for the Republican nomination in New Jersey’s 12th congressional district, according to spokesman Mike Illions.
“We are proud to endorse Mayor Halfacre’s candidacy for the Republican nomination in the New Jersey 12th congressional district,” said Illions, who described a four-part vetting process, including written commitments by the candidates on 21 policy positions and a two-hour hearing. “We believe that he is the best candidate to defeat Congressman Rush Holt in November, 2010.”
Illions said the biggest factor going against Sipprelle was the political neophyte’s June 2009 donations to five Congressional Democrats.
A conservative activist, Illions is an anti-establishment candidate for Middlesex GOP chairman, a post also being sought by Assemblyman Sam Thompson (R-Old Bridge).