Testa backed by the same establishment types who tried to ram Hirsh Singh down the throats of rank-and-file Republicans
VINELAND – Last night, shortly before a President Donald Trump rally aired on television, the Michael Testa for state Senate campaign released a statement in response to remarks made by fellow LD1 GOP state Senate candidate, former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi. Fiocchi’s remarks keyed on Testa’s hypocrisy regarding the rain tax.
“When I read the Testa campaign’s statement I laughed because people watching this primary election were betting I would be the first one getting nasty, obviously they were wrong,” Fiocchi campaign spokesman Steve Kush said. “Not one word of the Testa campaign’s statement changes the fact that a supporter of his, who happens to be a headliner for an upcoming Testa fundraiser, voted yes on the rain tax on January 31st after it passed the Assembly and went back to the Senate for concurrence.”
“I guess that’s why they felt it necessary to launch into an attack on Sam Fiocchi and property tax payments.” Kush continued, “They obviously failed to do their homework. If they had done their homework, they would have realized that nationally noted New Jersey political commentator and founder of Save Jersey, Matt Rooney, debunked the property tax narrative in an October 5, 2015 post titled, ‘Fact Check: Democrat Machine smears Sam Fiocchi (and insults the rest of us).’ In that post Rooney called the property tax narrative ‘this cycle’s most galling smear.’”
“As to the rest of the garbage in their statement and the reference to Sam losing his re-election, I’m more than happy to compare records.” Kush added, “Testa took over as chairman of the Cumberland GOP in 2014 and the first thing he did was lose a beloved incumbent County Clerk, the late Gloria Noto. In 2015 his freeholder candidates lost by over 1,000 votes. In 2016 Testa managed to lose another incumbent, former freeholder Tom Sheppard. 2017 saw a repeat with the loss of then incumbent Carman Daddario and, not to be outdone, in 2018 Testa upped the ante by losing the freeholder race by 3,900 votes.”
“I couldn’t help noticing the Testa campaign left their supporter who voted yes on the rain tax when it went back to the Senate for concurrence off their list of endorsements at the end of their statement,” Kush commented. “That’s probably because Testa is the flavor of the month backed by the same establishment types who tried to ram Hirsh Singh down the throats of rank-and-file Republicans, and we all know how that turned out.”
“The fact is there is only one candidate in this primary election who is a proven winner, Sam Fiocchi, who has served as both a freeholder and an Assemblyman.” Kush said, “Without a doubt, Sam Fiocchi is the candidate best prepared to campaign against and defeat replacement state Senator Bob Andrzejczak.”