TOMS RIVER-After suffering a critical campaign defeat in Ocean County, Burlington County candidate for Congress in CD-3, Kate Gibbs is calling for a total vote by mail primary election in June.
Gibbs, who has the backing of organized union labor says the only way to ensure a fair and secure election in New Jersey is to only allow a vote by mail election.
“Forget about party labels, we need to come together as a state and as a country and start dealing with this crisis as adults,” she said. “I recognize the election is nearly 80 days away, but in order to have a fair and secure election, this decision can’t wait. Our Secretary of State, Superintendents of Election, County Clerks, and Boards of Election need to know the rules now to properly plan for June.”
Gibbs, who faced harsh criticism in the Republican stronghold of Ocean County for a rap sheet that includes shoplifting, drug possession, public drinking and failure to pay bills is banking on the ability for her union supporters to organize an effective mail-in ballot campaign.
The request comes after an attack campaign video by Gibbs against her opponent David Richter, by campaign manager Chris Russell fell flat amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Gibbs has lost the endorsements of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders since her loss at the Ocean County GOP nominating convention two weeks ago as more Republicans in both Ocean and Burlington Counties line up behind Richter.