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Giuliani Campaign Press Release - Mayor Giuliani Announces New Jersey Supporters

January 30, 2007

The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee today announced that nearly 300 elected officials and key Republicans throughout New Jersey have signed on to support Mayor Giuliani.

George Gilmore, the Republican Chairman of Ocean County, has been named New Jersey Chairman for Rudy's campaign. "I support Rudy because of his demonstrated leadership in crisis, his straightforward, no-nonsense approach to solving problems, and because I believe he'll win not only the majority of Republican votes but many Independents and Democrats, as well. America's Mayor ought to be America's President."

State Senator Tom Kean, Jr., will serve as Honorary Chairman. Senator Kean remarked, "During uncertain times, Rudy Giuliani has proven to be a unifying force who leads with decisive action. Even before September 11, 2001, America's Mayor had transformed New York City's economy with fiscally responsible reforms. He helped me tremendously in my recent campaign for the United States Senate and I will work hard to elect Rudy Giuliani as the next President of the United States."

"Mayor Giuliani is honored by the overwhelming show of support from New Jersey. People throughout New Jersey saw firsthand the transformation that occurred in New York City under the Mayor's leadership," said Giuliani Exploratory Committee Executive Director Mike DuHaime, a New Jerseyan himself. "The honorable men and women on this list come from every corner of the state and represent the breadth and diversity of the Republican Party itself."

New Jersey co-chairpersons of the campaign include former Congressman Bob Franks, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 2000; State Senator Diane Allen; Roger Bodman, Executive Director-NJ of Reagan/Bush 1984; Burlington County GOP Chairman Col. Mike Warner; Cape May County GOP Chairman David Von Savage; investment banker Candace L. Straight; President of WPI Communications Steve Klinghoffer; and Somerset County GOP Chairman Dale Florio. Chairman Florio summed up the feelings of many, stating, "Somerset County lost many residents on September 11, 2001. Mayor Giuliani was our beacon of light then, and we think he is America's hope for the future."

The New Jersey Chairman's Circle includes Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico, Morris County GOP Chairman John Sette, Sussex County GOP Chairman Rich Zeoli, Bergen County GOP Chairman Jose Arango, and Warren County GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt.

Burlington County Republican Chairman Col. Michael Warner remarked, "As a former prosecutor and mayor, Rudy Giuliani has shown the type of leadership we need in the next President of the United States. He is tough on terrorism, knows how to grow and expand the economy, and will protect the homeland. I am proud to endorse the next President of the United States, Rudy Giuliani."

Cape May County Republican Chairman David Von Savage said, "Rudy is the only Republican who can carry New Jersey and Connecticut — two must-win states. The No. 1 issue in 2008 is the War on Terror. Rudy is the right man to lead and win the fight to preserve freedom and the American way."

Investment banker Candace L. Straight observes, "Mayor Giuliani has proven that the tougher things get, the stronger he gets. Our country is in need of his proven leadership, his ability to bring people together for a common good and his ability to make a difference when we need it most."

State Senator Anthony Bucco put it this way, "The reason I am supporting Rudy is because we need a strong leader with a proven record. He cleaned up the city and made people proud to say they are from New York." Fellow Senator Nick Asselta summed up the Mayor's appeal saying: "Rudy Giuliani has demonstrated the leadership skills that transcend ideological and partisan politics. He has proven his ability to handle crisis. In the war on terror, Giuliani is the President America needs to make the tough decisions and lead our nation." Senator Diane Allen put it succinctly, "No American has shown more effective leadership than Mayor Giuliani."

In a poll of New Jersey voters taken by Quinnipiac University, Rudy Giuliani leads Sen. Hillary Clinton 48 – 41 percent – remarkable for a state that hasn't voted for a Republiscan Presidential candidate since 1988. Among registered Republicans in New Jersey, Giuliani collects 39% of the vote, compared to 21 for John McCain, 11 for Newt Gingrich and 5 for Mitt Romney.

The full list of the first wave of New Jersey supporters of Rudy Giuliani follows, with more to come.


Nicholas Asselta, District 1

Diane Allen, District 7

Martha W. Bark, District 8

Andrew R. Ciesla, District 10

Walter Kavanaugh, District 16

Thomas Kean, Jr. District 21

Anthony Bucco District 25

Robert J Martin District 26

Robert W. Singer, District 30


Francis L. Bodine, District 8

Larry Chatzidakis, District 8

Brian E Rumpf, District 9

David W. Wolfe, District 10

Amy Handlin, District 13

Christopher Bateman, District 16

Peter J. Biondi, District 16

Jon Bramnick, District 21

Eric Munoz, District 21

Joe Pennacchio, District 26

Ronald S. Dancer, District 30

Charlotte Vandervalk District 39


Jose Arango, Republican Chairman, Hudson County

Dale Florio, Republican Chairman, Somerset County

George Gilmore, Republican Chairman, Ocean County

Phil Morin, Republican Chairman, Union County

Larry Pepper, Republican Chairman, Cumberland County

John Sette, Republican Chairman, Morris County

Doug Steinhardt, Republican Chairman, Warren County

Guy Talarico, Republican Chairman, Bergen County

David Von Savage, Republican Chairman, Cape May County

Col. Mike Warner, Republican Chairman, Burlington County

Rich Zeoli, Republican Chairman, Sussex County


Dawn Marie Addiego, Freeholder, Burlington County

Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Freeholder, Cape May County

Dan Beyel, Freeholder Director, Cape May County

Douglas Cabana, Freeholder, Morris County

Bill Chegwidden, Freeholder, Morris County

Jack Ciattarelli Freeholder, Somerset County

Denise Coyle, Freeholder, Somerset County

Len Desiderio, Freeholder, Cape May County

Gene Feyl, Freeholder, Morris County

Rick Fontana Freeholder, Somerset County

John Inglesino, Deputy Freeholder Director, Morris County

John P. Kelly, Freeholder Director, Ocean County

James F. Lacey, Freeholder, Ocean County

Margaret Nordstrom, Freeholder Director, Morris County

Peter Palmer Freeholder, Somerset County

Elizabeth "Lisa" Randall, Former Freeholder, Bergen County

Jack Schrier, Freeholder, Morris County

Ralph E. Sheets, Jr., Vice Freeholder Director, Cape May County

Jerry Thornton, Freeholder, Cape May County

Joseph H. Vicari, Freeholder, Ocean County

Bob Zaborowski Freeholder, Somerset County

Susan Zellman, Freeholder, Sussex County


Carl W. Block, Clerk, Ocean County, and Mayor, Stafford Township

Joan Bramhall, Clerk, Morris County

Roseann Brown, Vice Chair, Somerset County Republican Organization

Frank Bruno, Surrogate, Somerset County

John F. Callinan, Sheriff, Cape May County

Scott Colabella, Deputy County Clerk, Ocean County

Rita Fulginiti, Clerk, Cape May County

Philip E. Haines, Clerk, Burlington County

Doyle Hunsinger, Vice Chair, Somerset County Republican Organization

Michael Kerwin, Treasurer, Somerset County Republican Organization

Steve O'Connor, Administrator, Cape May County

Carol Oswald, Former Surrogate, Mercer County

Joseph W. Oxley, Sheriff, Monmouth County

John Pecoraro, Surrogate, Morris County

Roma Plakyda, Secretary, Somerset County Republican Organization

William L. Polhemus, Sheriff, Ocean County

Frank Provenzano, Sheriff, Somerset County

Bret Radi, Clerk, Somerset County

Brendan Sciarra, Treasurer, Cape May County Republican Organization

Sal Simonetti, Sheriff, Warren Co

Robert E Untig, Sheriff Sussex County


James P. Barsa, Mayor, Norwood

Sal Bate, Former Deputy Mayor, Millburn

Sal Bonaccorso, Mayor, Clark

Frank Calandriello, Mayor, Garfield

Conrad Caruso, Mayor, Saddle River

Stephen F. Childers, Mayor, Lakehurst

John Ciaramella, Mayor, Roxbury

Joanne Cocchiola, Mayor, Nutley

John Coiro, Mayor, Totowa

Walt Craig, Mayor, Lower Township

Barbara Jo "Bobbi" Crea, Mayor, Little Egg Harbor Township

Ronald S. Dancer, Mayor, Plumsted (see also, Assembly, District 30)

Joe DeIorio, Mayor, Roselle Park

Joe Donnelly, Mayor, Cinnaminson

Frank J. Druetzler, Mayor, Morris Plains, and Former Morris County Freeholder

John Ekdahl, Mayor, Rumson

DiAnne C. Gove, Mayor, Long Beach Township

Carl Groon, Mayor, Wildwood Crest

P. Kenneth Hershey, Mayor, Seaside Heights

Jerry Inderweis, Mayor, City Of Cape May

Paul J. Kennedy, Mayor, Ocean Gate

Dr. Robert Kleinberg, Mayor, Marlboro Township

Martin C. Konkus, Mayor, Point Pleasant

Robert Kraft, Deputy Mayor, Ocean Township

Martin Marks, Mayor, Scotch Plains

Sue Ann Metzner, Mayor, Winslow Township

Richard A. Mola, Mayor, Elmwood Park

Bob Nolan, Deputy Mayor, Lower Township

Bonnie Olt, Council Member, Evesham

John Pantalone, Former Mayor and Republican Municipal Leader, Wildwood Crest

Thomas Phelan, Republican Municipal Leader and Former Mayor, Cape May City

Anthony Pugliese, Mayor, Borough of Audubon

Bill O'Connor, Mayor, Chatham Township

Nicholas Pompilio, Mayor, Borogh of Netcong

Brian A. Reid, Mayor, Lacey Township

Debbie Sarcone, Deputy Mayor, Evesham

Mark Seda, Mayor, Jackson Township

Muriel Shore, Former Essex freeholder, Former Mayor of Fairfield

Andrew Skibitsky, Mayor, Westfield

Thomas J Stewart, Mayor, Beach Haven

Gus Tamburro, Mayor, Evesham

Ernie Troiano, Mayor, City Of Wildwood

Daniel Van Pelt, Mayor, Ocean Township

Thomas S. Vogel, Mayor, Point Pleasant Beach

Cyril Wekilsky, Mayor, Township of Boonton


Stephen C. Acropolis, Council President, Brick Township

Peggy Adams, Municipal Chairperson, Morris Plains

Dominick J. Aiello, Council Member, West Caldwell

William Akers, Council Member, Seaside Heights

Carmen F. Amato, Jr., Council Member, Berkeley Township

Anthony Ammiano, Committee Member, Former Mayor, Freehold Township

John Baldino, Municipal Chairman, Paramus

Randy Bauer, Council Member, Stone Harbor

John Bayeux, Municipal Chairman, Bernards Township

Jim Bellis, Municipal Chairman, Bedminster

David Beyel, Upper Township Republican Municipal Leader

Lou Bickel, Municipal Chairman,Raritan

Vincent Binkoski, Council Member, Wharton

John Biondi, Council Member, Township of Mt Olive

Kathy Breuss, Commissioner, City Of Wildwood

Anthony M. Bucco, Esq., Morris County Republican County Counsel

Robert Budesa, Council Member, Pine Beach

Don Cabrera, Borough Commissioner, Wildwood Crest

Paul Camella Council Member, Woodcliff Lake

Joyce E. Camera, Council Member, Seaside Heights

Sal Caruana, Council Member, Westfield

Joe Chiusolo, Council Member, Cedar Grove

Mark Ciarrocca, Council Member, Westfield

Geneva Clayton, Municipal Chairwoman, Jackson

Frank Conrad, Committeeman, Upper Township

Thomas Conrad, Council Member, Lower Township

Glenn Corbett, Council Member, Wharton

David S. Craig, Council Member, Cape May City.

Karen Davis, Council Member, Berkeley Township

Tony DePaulo, Republican Club President, Berkeley Township

Jeanne DiPaola, Council Member, Stafford

Glenn Douglass, Council Member, Lower Township

Ann DuHaime, Former Mayor, Bloomingdale

Joann Duszczak, Council Member, Seaside Heights

Mark Dykoff, Committee Member, Lacey Township

Peter Echausse, Council Member, Westfield

Niels Favre, Council Member, City of Cape May

Michael J. Fiure, Council Member, Toms River

Cordelia Fuller, Council Member, Borough of Chatham

Bill Gannon, Republican Municipal Leader, City Of Wildwood

Brian Gillen, Council Member, Wharton

Richard Goldberg, Council President, Hawthorne

Ray Gormley, Committeeman, Little Egg Harbor

Tom Hall, Committee Member, Middletown

Kelly Hatfield, Former Council Member, Summit

Scott Hutchins, Council Member, Wharton

William Huyler, Chief of Police, Morris County Park Police

Rev. Gregory Johnson, Council Member, Ocean City

Lois Johnson, Former Chair of Morris County

Lori Keenan, Republican Municipal Leader, Stone Harbor

John Kehm Jr., Committeeman, Little Egg Harbor

Meryl and Steve King, Caldwell, Treasurer Caldwell Republican County Committee

Brian Kubiel, Council Member, Toms River

Bob Lacorte, Municipal Chairman, Franklin

Barbara Lanuto, Republican Vice Chair, Ocean County

Cecilia G. Laureys, Council Member, Netcong, and Former Morris County Freeholder

Marianne Laux, Council Member, Wharton

Brian Levinson, Council Member, Stone Harbor

Janet Linnus, Municipal Chairman, Montgomery

John Lore, Municipal Chairman, Green Brook

Russell Maffei, Municipal Chairman, Jersey City GOP

Scott R. Martin, Council Member, Jackson

Maria Maruca, Council Member, Toms River

Barry D. Mastrangelo, Council President, Stone Harbor

Francis J. McCall, Wildwood Crest Commissioner, Former Council Member, Ocean City

Pat McCormick, Municipal Chairman, Somerville

Gregory P. McGuckin, Council President, Dover Township

Mike Merdinger, Municipal Chairman, Hillsborough

Arthur Midgley, Committeeman, Little Egg Harbor

Julian Mirgalia, Council Member, The Borough of Stone Harbor

Dave Most, Committee Member, Lacey Township

Jo Ann Neylan, Council Member, Westfield

Marie-Elena O'Connor, Council Member, Stafford

Michael O'Hagan, Councilmember, Glen Rock

Skip Orza, Municipal Chairman, Bernardsville

Arline Ottoson, Council Member, Seaside Heights

John Parker, Committee Member, Lacey Township

Jim Piro, Chairman of Nutley County Committee, Former Essex County Republican Chair, Former Essex County District 5 Freeholder

Ana Pizutelli, Vice Chairwoman, Bloomfield County Committee

Agnes S. Polhemus, Council Member, Seaside Heights

Harold Poltrock, Former Council Member, Springfield

Alan Purcell, Council Member, Wayne

Gary Quinn, Committee Member, Lacey Township

Scott Rudder, Council Member, Medford

Jim Rilee, Council Member, Roxbury

Patrick Rosenello, City Council President, North Wildwood

Tom Roshetar, Municipal Chairman, Rocky Hill

Sanford Ross, Council President, South Toms River

Irwin Sablosky, member Board of Education, Springfield

Dave Salkin, Council Member, Freehold Township

Jan Sandri, Former Mayor and Council Member, Little Falls

Bill Schievella, Council Member, Rockaway Township, and President of Italian Police Association

John Schmidt, West Orange Mayoral Candidate

Jo-Anne Schubert, Municipal Chairman, South Bound Brook

Steve Scutaro, Republican Club President, Brick Township

Joseph Scuralli, Council Member, Wayne

Fred P. Seeber, Council Member, Stafford

Ernie Sesso, West Paterson Republican Chairman

Shirley Shortway-English, Council member, Hawthorne

Connie Spencer, Vice Chairwoman, Glen Ridge County Committee

Scott Stites, Committeeman, Little Egg Harbor

Arlene Strege, Municipal Chairwoman, Branchburg

Ray Tamborini, Council Member, Bloomfield

Jack Thomas, Council President, Ocean City

Richard Tompkins, Council Member, Seaside Heights

Joe Turula, Counsel to Hudson County GOP

Ann M. Updegrave, Council Member, Jackson

Howard Wagner, Municipal Chairman, Bound Brook

David L. Wyrsch, Sr., Council Member, Stafford

David Young, Council Member, Wharton

Anita F. Zalom, Council Member, Lavallette


Joseph Achacoso, Asian-Americans for Bush, 04

Richard H. Bagger, Former State Senator, District 21

John Bennett, Former State Senate President

Roger Bodman, ED of Reagan/Bush 1984, vice chair for Bush 1988, Campaign Mgr for Gov Kean 1981 Jon-Robert Bombardieri, Capital Public Affairs

Bill Crosby, State Committeeman, Somerset County

Barbara Dawson, Executive Director, Morris County

Sally DeBarcza, State Committeewoman, Somerset County

Bob DeBlock, West Paterson GOP

Barbara DeMarco, Mercer County Improvement Authority

Paul DiGaetano, Former Assembly Minority leader

Douglas F. Doyle, Managing Partner of the Law Firm Edwards and Caldwell LLC.

Richard DuHaime, Former Freeholder, Passaic County

Sylvester Fernandez, entrepreneur, Indian-American business leader

Bob Franks, Former Congressman, US Senate candidate '00

Al Gaburo, Governmental Affairs Consultant

Richard Goldberg, Former President of the Commerce and Industry Association of NJ

Ronald Gravino, Former Chairman, NJ Highway Authority

A. Virginia Haines, National Committeewoman from New Jersey

Nicole Hantman, Nat'l Assoc of Homebuilders

Alan Herman, State Committeeman, Camden County

Steve Klinghoffer, President, WPI Communications

Al Leiter, Southpaw

Mark Levenson, Sills Cummis

Luis Linares, Republican State Committee Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

Arthur Maurice

Edward "Skip" McMahon, State Committeeman, Morris County

Michael Mecca, Former Freeholder, Former Chair of Passaic GOP

Gualberto "Gil" Medina, Former Commissioner of the N.J. Department of Commerce and Economic Development

Jeff Michaels, Former Chief of Staff to Gov. DiFrancesco

Amy Osborn, State Committeewoman, Camden County

Patti Page, Vice Chairperson, Morris County

Laura Palatucci, County Committee, Union County

Christine Ramirez, State Committeewoman, Morris County

Steven E. Some, President, Capital Public Affairs

Candy Straight, Former Co-chair, New Jersey GOP

Bill Spadea, Real Estate Executive, ‘04 GOP Nominee for U.S. Congress (NJ-12)


New Jersey Finance Chair Michael "Mickey" Gooch, CEO of GFI Group

Eugene Croddick, CEO, Amerivest

Rafael Cuellar, Shop-Rite

Christopher Giancarlo, GFI Group

Rabbi Yehuda Gross

Henry Kane, McLachlan Kane Insurance Agency

Robert Ortiz. Esq, Beattie Padovano

Brian Pasch, Managing Partner, Millennium Teleservices

J. Peter Simon, Chairman, William E. Simon and Sons

Eileen and John Sivolella

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