SOMERS POINT — Republicans John Amodeo and Chris Brown on Sunday announced their re-election bids for the seats that represent most of Atlantic County in the Assembly.
The announcement came as no surprise as Amodeo had unofficially announced his intent to seek re-election on local radio talk show host’s Pinky Kravitz’ program and on Harry Hurley’s ‘Hurley in the Morning.’
The Press of Atlantic City also reported his unofficial announcement.
Still, the announcement by the two incumbents drew cheers from party members and supporters gathered at the VFW hall on Bethel Road here.
Amodeo, a semi-retired crane operator seeking his fourth term in the Assembly, said he has worked with Gov. Chris Christie to cut spending, implement teacher tenure reform, and increase spending on education.
He said he is also working hard to help the district rebound from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Part of that involves developing what he called “reasonable” storm protection for Atlantic County’s shorefront.
“We will never get tired of working to make our state a better place to work and raise our families,” Amodeo said. “So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.”
Brown said Republican leadership in state government has turned around the ruinous policies — including more than 100 new taxes and 70 percent increases in property taxes — implemented by past Democratic administrations.
Brown said he wants to continue to work to “get the private sector back on its feet,” something that will take discipline to prevent state government from slipping back to bad fiscal habits.
“We must have the courage to do what is right,” said Brown, an attorney seeking his second term in the Assembly.
Among those throwing their support behind Amodeo and Brown on Sunday was Will Paul, president of the South Jersey Building Trades.
Paul said 2nd District residents have Amodeo and Brown to thank for working to help create hundreds of expected new jobs in Atlantic County.
“We need leadership,” Paul said. “John and Chris are those leaders.”
Amodeo and Brown represent the 2nd Legislative District, which is made up of Absecon, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Buena, Buena Vista Township, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Folsom, Hamilton Township, Linwood, Longport, Margate, Mullica Township, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor.
The only other announced candidate for one of the district’s Assembly seats is Mullica Township Democrat Gary Stein.
Amodeo’s re-election bid also follows his announcement last week that, despite rumors, he was not seeking a position with the South Jersey Transportation Authority. SJTA runs the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City International Airport.
Amodeo said recently that he would “welcome the position,” but that he has never been offered the job.
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