ATLANTIC CITY – US Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-2) made an appearance at Atlantic City’s 5th annual Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade Monday evening, joining Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian in the twilight march across the boardwalk. After the parade, LoBiondo talked reelection, the Iran deal, and Governor Christie’s 2016 presidential run.
LoBiondo told PolitickerNJ by email that he will indeed be seeking reelection in the 2016 cycle, a move that will make for a tougher row to hoe if the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee succeeds in convincing Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) to run for the House. If Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) holds onto his seat in 2015, he would be well situated to take over Van Drew’s state Senate seat and free the senator up for a congressional bid.
When asked whether it’s time for notable holdout Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to join the rest of the Democratic delegation and state Republicans in condemning President Obama’s proposed Iran deal, LoBiondo stayed mum.
The senator reiterated his opposition to the nuclear agreement, saying “I am strongly opposed to the Iran Nuclear Deal and have reaffirmed my intention to vote NO at various statements and public events across South Jersey.”
Saying that it was “[too] early in the process” to name his preferred candidate on the GOP roster if Christie continues to falter in the polls, LoBiondo said that clear and actionable plans would be his top priority in offering any additional endorsements down the line.
“I want to hear more from the candidates on specific policy ideas,” said LoBiondo, who officially endorsed Christie’s campaign back in June.
LoBiondo described the event itself as a sign of great pride and optimism in the troubled city, calling the parade “[positive], upbeat and supportive of our veterans and members of the military who participated in the event. This truly was an outstanding idea by Pinky Kravitz five years ago and a perfect way to kick off the Atlantic City Air Show events.”