Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford has ended his state Senate bid in the 2nd Legislative District, where observers interpreted his ambiguous entry as harm to fellow Democrat state Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City.
“After careful thought and deliberation, I have concluded that it would not be prudent to go forward at this time in pursuit of the 2nd District Senate seat; especially since it would be for an abbreiviated term,” wrote Langford in a memo obtained by PolitickerNJ.com.
“I will not be making a formal endorsement,” the mayor added.
“However, I will be voting for Vince Polistina.”
Assemblyman Vince Polistina, (R-2), Egg Harbor Township, is challenging Whelan.
From the beginning of his surprise announcement that he intended to run for the state Senate, Langford made sure to remind people that he does not like the incumbent senator, who he defeated for the mayor’s seat nearly ten years ago.
“Should city residents ask my opinion, certainly I will oblige,” Langford wrote. “Additionally, I intend to list the many instances that speak to Jim Whelan’s ineptness as mayor, as well as those occasions when he betrayed Atlantic City residents and sold us out.
“Disrespect, betrayal and treason cannot be tolerated and must be punished.”