TOMS RIVER, NJ – It was a hard battle fought by David Richter against the forces of one of New Jersey’s strongest political unions and their Manchurian candidate, former Burlington County Freeholder Kate Gibbs, but Richter pulled out a decisive victory last night. Richter won the election by a commanding 2 to 1 margin receiving 20,948 votes to Gibbs’ 10,126 votes.
David Richter, the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s Third District, today issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s primary election results.
“Yesterday’s primary victory was the culmination of months of hard work by countless elected officials, party leaders, campaign staff, volunteers and other supporters throughout the Third District. I’d like to start by thanking my wife Michelle and our four daughters. Without their support there is no way I could have run for public office. They have been by my side from the very beginning and with their continued support we will be victorious in November.”
“Next, I’d like to thank everyone who lent an endorsement, words of encouragement or advice and helped us along the way. Outside special interest money flooded our district’s airwaves and mailboxes, and these groups ended up outspending our campaign by a significant margin. We may not have had the special interest groups helping us, but we had something even better: real grassroots support in every corner of our district. I want to convey a heartfelt thank you to all of our grassroots supporters who helped spread our message because, without your help, our victory would not have been possible.”
“I’m not a politician, this is my first election, but I already know that running for Congress is tough, and it is only going to get tougher from here as we move on to challenge Andy Kim in the general election. But Andy Kim is a Nancy Pelosi puppet, part of the radical left and a terrible fit for our district, one that voted for President Trump in 2016 and is going to do so again in 2020. Just like in the primary race, we fully expect to be outspent in the general election, but that is where all of you will be even more important. We are building a grassroots campaign like this district has never seen before and I have no doubt that we will defeat Andy Kim.”
“Finally, I would like to thank my opponent Kate Gibbs for her concession last night and to commend her for running a tough, hard-fought race. I’m looking forward to earning the votes of Kate’s many supporters throughout the Third District and unifying the Republican Party as we work together to flip the district from blue to red this November.”
Richter is the former CEO of global construction management firm Hill International. During his time at the company, Hill grew from a struggling family business with less than 300 employees into a successful public company with more than 4,300 employees. A lifelong Republican, Richter grew up in and has spent most of his life living and working in the Third District. He earned two bachelor’s degrees and a law degree from Penn as well as master’s degrees from Oxford and Harvard. Richter and his wife Michelle, who have been married for 20 years, are the parents of four daughters.