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Former Hainesport Mayor and Republican Municipal Chairman Tony Porto today announced his intention to run to represent New Jersey’s Third District in Congress.
“I am running for Congress to represent the people of the third congressional district, who are tired of liberal Nancy Pelosi and Andy Kim’s failures to address our nation’s problems. Andy Kim was elected on the promise that he would not support Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Porto said. “He lied and broke his word on Day One of his term. Defeating Andy Kim and bringing our Conservative priorities back to Washington is too important a task for us to trust to a candidate who, just over a year ago, lost her seat in Burlington County to a liberal Democrat who dropped out of the race one month before the election.”
Porto is not the only candidate in the GOP Primary. Kate Gibbs, deputy director for the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC 825), is also running to represent the part in the 2020 general election against incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3).
Porto was elected four times to the Hainesport Township Committee and was chosen twice to be Mayor of Hainesport. As a committeeman, Tony said he protected the environment by preserving several tracts of land from over-development. The Hainesport municipal park improved to include walking trails and athletic fields for soccer and baseball.
At eighteen years old, Porto won his first election to the Burlington County Republican Committee. In 2003, he was elected to the Hainesport Board of Education, where he focused on improving the quality of education for students while keeping property taxes under control. By 2005, the Board of Ed reduced property taxes while adding additional teachers in the classroom.
Porto has been a member of the Central Ohio Transit Authority Committee, the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, Hainesport Joint Land Use Board, as well as, a volunteer for the March of Dimes and Hainesport Community Cat rescue program. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and completed public policy courses through Rutgers.
The candidate and his wife, Rebecca, live in Hainesport. They are the proud parents of their son, Christopher.