Wright ends campaign and backs Gooch

The Rev. Shannon Wright of Plainfield today ended her campaign for Congress in the 6th District and offered her support to newspaper publisher Diane Gooch of Rumson. 

“This campaign was never about me,” Wright said in a statement. “It was about my family, my friends and neighbors throughout the district, and Frank Pallone’s stunning lack of effective representation in Washington. His unabashed and proud support in cosponsoring Speaker Pelosi’s takeover of nearly 1/5th of the US economy via the healthcare power grab is more evidence of his having lost touch with those he is supposed to represent.”

Briefly a gubernatorial candidate in 2009 after the departure from the the race of Franklin Mayor Brian Levine, whom she served as campaign manager, Wright in her Congressional bid won the endorsement of the Union County Republican Committee but otherwise gained little traction.

“Diane Gooch has run a successful business and created jobs in our local economy,” Wright said. “I’m confident she will bring common sense fiscal policies to Washington, DC. I’m proud to support her and look forward to working with her to help Frank Pallone find another line of work, because we can’t afford him anymore.”

No candidate is yet recorded as having filed to run in the 6th District, but there are waves of reps and candidates coming off the elevator and onto the third floor here at the Division of Elections.

Pallone, Gooch, and Highlands Mayor Anna Little are expected to file by the end of the day.

Wright ends campaign and backs Gooch