TOMS RIVER – Teddy Price, president of the Toms River Democrats and a candidate for Ocean County Freeholder, today endorsed Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Bob Hugin, the latest public endorsement Hugin has received from a county Democrat crossing party lines to support the Republican challenger.
“This year’s election isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about the people of New Jersey,” Price said in a Hugin campaign press release.
“Unlike Senator Bob Menendez, who has disgraced the office and our state, Bob Hugin is a man of service, honor, and integrity who will put the people of New Jersey first.”
Price, who is running for county freeholder with running mate Vince Minichino (D – Brick), is running a campaign characterizing himself as a “conservative Democrat.”
Heavily Republican Ocean County has not elected a Democrat to the freeholder board since the short-lived victories of Paul Brush and Mark Troncone in 1989. The move by Mr. Price to position himself as a conservative will likely broaden his appeal to the county’s Republican-leaning electorate, whose support would be critical if Price hopes to snag a seat on the freeholder board in the midst of Freeholder Bartlett’s retirement.
Price’s endorsement of the GOP U.S. Senate hopeful follows August’s endorsement by Brick Councilman Jim Fozman, who endorsed Hugin before jumping ship to the Republican party amid increasing tensions with Mayor John Ducey (D – Brick) and Democrat council members.
“The continued support I am receiving from Democrats like Teddy Price is humbling and a clear sign that the people of New Jersey know this election is so much bigger than typical party politics,” Hugin said.