October 17, 2020 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Censorship, disgusting behavior and statements by Dem Mayors! Mayors resign!
Lisa Richford, Chair Mercer County Republican Committee calls for Dem Mayors resignation
This past week, two separate actions by area democrat mayors showcased the vulgar and petty nature of democrat politicians and why the party is in decline. In Pennington, Mayor Joseph Lawver was caught removing letters from President Trump by opening sealed federal CoVid relief foodboxes for the poor. They crumbled up each one and threw in trash. See President Trump’s Letter that was retrieved from trash. Mayor Lawver’s desire to “cancel” a positive message from the president thanking farmers overrode all sense of safety and propriety. He and his team were filmed in the operation 1) not wearing face masks or gloves thereby introducing possible contamination and 2) people who the messages were meant for were denied a note from their president. Will he next go into their mailboxes to censure messages he doesn’t like?
Meanwhile In Flemmington, Mayor Betsy Driver posted on her Facebook page calling conservatives “religious zealots” and sneered “If you voted for the orange monster with COVID, go f--- yourself. If you plan on voting for him again, unfriend me and go f--- yourself again.”
These are not serious public servants, they are simply crude, petty political hacks using their positions to attack people in their communities with whom they disagree.
If Mayors Driver and Lawver do not have the personal shame to step down, I call on the Democrat party to publicly denounce and disavow themselves of them to discourage this lack of decorum and petty behavior within its ranks in the future.
Lisa M. Richford
Chair, Mercer County Republican Committee
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By David Wildstein, August 11 2020 7:40 pm
Lisa Richford was re-elected Mercer County Republican Chair tonight, easily defeating Lawrence Republican Club President Falk Engel by a vote of 86 to 42, a 67%-33% margin.
The reorganization meeting was held outdoors at the Hamilton VFW.
Engel had recently entered the race against Richford, who survived a recall attempt in September 2019 after organizers fell short of the two-thirds majority they needed to remove her from office.
Richford now faces a general election in one of New Jersey’s bluest counties.
Mercer County Republicans haven’t won a countywide race since County Clerk Cathy DiCostanzo was re-elected in 2000 (although Chris Christie carried Mercer in 2013) and have become nearly extinct at the local level.
With the loss of Yaede and the Republican councilmembers and the defeat of Hopewell Township Committeeman John Hart by Democrat Courtney Peters-Manning in 2019, it has left Hightstown Councilman Lee Stults the only Republican elected in a partisan race in the entirety of Mercer County.
Stults is not seeking re-election this year and his replacement, James Eufemia, lost his bid for a council seat by a 2-1 margin last year.
Recently re-elected Mercer County Democratic Chair Janice Mironov has pledged to take the last Hightstown seat from the GOP this year.
Republicans did not run any candidates for freeholder in 2019 and have none this year.
Anthony Conti was elected 1st vice chair and Sherry Sinatra-Henderson was elected 2nd vice chair.
July 20, 2020, 7:07 pm | insidernj
Rep. Smith Welcomes Endorsement of New Jersey Professional Firefighters Association
Rep. Chris Smith today welcomed the endorsement of the New Jersey Professional Firefighters Association (PFANJ) which represents over half of New Jersey’s approximately 6,000 professional firefighters. PFANJ members come from small fire districts as well as full-time 24-hour suburban and urban fire and rescue agencies across the state.
“Chris Smith has been a consistent and influential advocate for firefighters and other emergency responders and we are delighted to endorse him for reelection,” said PFANJ President Steve McConlogue. “Rep. Smith is a bipartisan leader who has worked hard to ensure that our first responders have the equipment, other federal support, and representation needed to ensure that fire departments and communities can work best to provide safety and protection for NJ citizens,” McConlogue said.
“Most recently, Chris helped secure federal funding to purchase essential personal protective equipment needed to protect our firefighters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to working with him during this reelection and in the many years to come,” McConlogue added.
“The brave men and women of the PFANJ who step up to serve our communities and come to our aid in times of crises epitomize the valor and dedication of the American spirit,” Smith said. “We are all indebted to our firefighters and EMS professionals—and their families—who make untold sacrifices for our safety and protection. I thank them for their service and am honored to have their support,” he said.
Smith, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, has an extensive record of supporting and strongly advocating for federal programs that assist local entities in paying for fire personnel, equipment, and other support.
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