I’ve made no mistake that one day I would like to represent the people of the 12th Legislative District as their Assemblyman but after much consideration and in consultation with trusted advisors, I have decided today is not that day.
When I entered the race for Mayor of Jackson Township in 2008 I did so as a candidate truly devoted to the notion of public service, placing the needs of the hardworking residents of the town that I truly love before any personal aspirations. I’m proud to say that after nearly 14 years I have not waivered and remain resolute in my commitment to serving Jackson’s residents.
Jackson Township is the most dynamic municipality in Ocean County, if not all of New Jersey. As our population continues to grow and become more diverse and as businesses continue to invest in our community, there is simply too much at stake to trust the work to unsteady and untested leadership. There remains much to be done and I intend to see the job through to it’s completion.
Thank you to the many supporters who encouraged me to seek the office of Assembly but effective immediately, I am withdrawing my name from consideration.
There remain many qualified candidates in the race and I hope that all Committee members will give due consideration to each.
Michael J. Reina