Christie grabs Lakewood endorsements

Gov. Chris Christie today grabbed two new endorsements in Lakewood, receiving support from both the township’s mayor and its Orthodox Jewish community.

At a rally today Christie received endorsements from the Igud and Vaad, two influential organizations made up of rabbis, businessmen, educational and local leaders. Republican Mayor Albert Akerman also endorsed the governor for re-election in November.

“We value Governor Christie’s partnership, his friendship and his willingness to confront many of the state’s challenges directly, all of which benefit Lakewood’s taxpayers and families,” said Rabbi Shlomo Kanarek, who heads the Igud.

The Jewish leaders are the latest group to throw their endorsement to Christie after endorsing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009.  

“It’s a significant endorsement,” said Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore. “It’s the first time the Vaad ever endorsed this early. They usually endorse in October. …These endorsements and the endorsements of the elected officials will have an impact in November.”

Lakewood’s two other Republican members of the Township Committee, Deputy Mayor Steven Langert and Committeeman Menashe Miller, joined in the endorsement.

Christie grabs Lakewood endorsements