Linden Mayor Joins Christie Backers

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Mayor Richard Gerbounka formally endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie this morning when the governor visited Linden.

Mayor Richard Gerbounka formally endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie this morning when the governor visited Linden.

LINDEN – Mayor Richard Gerbounka formally endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie this morning.

“Since taking office, Governor Christie proved that he would be a partner in the Governor’s office that local officials across this state were desperately missing,” Gerbounka said, as reported by PolitickerNJ. “The Governor paired that partnership with strong leadership and a willingness to fight for the big, bold solutions our state needed.”

“Mayor Gerbounka has been a partner of mine since I took office, helping me to fight for our property tax cap, toolkit reforms, and pension and health benefit reforms,” Christie said, according to PolitickerNJ. “These bipartisan reforms are finally controlling the cost of government and delivering the smallest increase in property taxes in more than 20 years.”

Christie was visiting Linden as part of his seven-day, 90-bus stop tour around the state in the week before Election Day.

Gerbounka was first elected as an independent candidate in 2006, defeating longtime Linden Mayor John T. Gregorio. The City of Linden is heavily Democratic, one of the few communities in Union County where Republican candidates do not appear on the ballot for local offices.

Gerbounka defeated  Gregorio by 113 votes in 2006 and beat Democratic challenger Derek Armstead by 159 votes in 2010.

Another independent mayor in Union County, Hillside’s Joe Menza, also backs Christie and received support from the governor in his own 2009 mayoral campaign. Christie is scheduled to visit Hillside’s Oasis Pastry Shop, 1253 Liberty Avenue, on Monday morning, Nov. 4, the day before this year’s election.


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