WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Andy Skibitsky kicked of his re-election campaign Saturday surrounded by supporters at the home of Jitendra and Veena Sharma. About 185 people attended the kickoff party, according to his campaign manager, Alicia Barker.

The mayor was introduced by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Skibitsky’s wife, Debbie Skibitsky.

Skibitsky, a Republican and the longest-serving mayor in Westfield’s history, spoke about why he is running for a fourth term and his past accomplishments.

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“Debbie and I, we thought long and hard — do we run for a fourth term?” Skibitsky said. “And once I made the decision, I was wondering why I even thought otherwise. I mean, I still have the energy for the job. I definitely have the experience for the job. And I think, more importantly than ever, in this toxic national environment, I have the capacity and the compassion to build community.”

Skibitsky said that people are going to try to nationalize this campaign.

“And the only thing that I can say is, the only thing that the President and I have in common is that we both married models,” he said.

He quoted a news story about his and his council’s successful initiative to create train whistle-free “quiet zone” in Westfield, the town’s AAA rating by Standard & Poor’s and a recent article in USA Today that he said named Westfield the number one shopping destination in New Jersey.

“So Debbie and I are excited about running again,” he said. “We are all in. We’re looking forward to this campaign and to serving the residents of Westfield another four years. It’s not about the Republican party. It’s not about the Democratic party. It’s about the party of Westfield, and that’s why we’re here.”

Skibitsky is running against newcomer Shelley Brindle.