OCEAN/BURLINGTON, NJ –  A Republican debate for the Third Congressional District primary election is in the works, with TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown Editor Stephanie Faughnan and Matt Rooney of Save Jersey acting as moderators. The details, dates, and format will be released as soon as they become available.

Kate Gibbs and David Richter are the two Republican candidates vying to unseat incumbent Congressman Andy Kim. Gibbs has the county line in the Burlington County part of CD-3. The Ocean County Republican Committee awarded the primary line to Richter.

Both candidates issued press releases regarding the proposed debates. Gibbs challenged Richter to two virtual debates in the month of June, enabling voters across the district to hear and see where they stand on the issues.

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“While I am sure that David would prefer to try and buy the election from the safety of his gated estate in Princeton — ironically via slick TV commercials that show him campaigning far outside the Third Congressional District in Cape May and Atlantic Counties — our local voters deserve better,” said Gibbs.

“As someone running to become the first-ever woman to represent South Jersey in Congress, who lives in this district, pays taxes in this district, cut taxes in this district, and worked hard to elect Republicans in this district for over a decade, my candidacy represents a real contrast to Andy Kim, his ultra-liberal policies, and his Washington, D.C. insider resume, ” Gibbs concluded.

Richter countered Gibbs’ challenge with a press release of his own. He accepted and suggested a means of facilitating two separate debates.

 “I’m glad that Kate Gibbs has finally found her voice and issued a statement on her own, instead of hiding behind her campaign manager,” said Richter.  “But she could have saved everyone some time and reached out directly to me or my campaign instead of communicating by press release.  Of course, we will be having debates during this primary and I am convinced that both Matt Rooney and Stephanie Faughnan would make excellent moderators.”

 “While the rest of the details can be worked out by our respective campaign teams in a timely fashion, I would like to suggest we host two televised debates, one in Ocean County and one in Burlington County, possibly at the local county colleges, both with no audiences so as to maintain the appropriate social distancing,” Richter continued. “I am sure that following these debates the decisions of the voters will be crystal clear.”

As plans move forward and the debates are scheduled, TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown will provide information.