MOUNT LAUREL – Just days after Republican Rep. Jon Runyan announced that he would not seek re-election next year, Democrat Aimee Belgard formally announced her intention to run for his seat.
Standing at Paulsdale – the Mt. Laurel homestead of suffragist and civil rights leader, Alice Paul – Belgard, a local attorney and Burlington County Freeholder, announced her candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District in New Jersey along with a number of local endorsements including Assemblymen Herb Conaway, Jr. and Troy Singleton.
“In Washington, the government shutdown was a political game. In New Jersey, it meant 14,000 federal employees furloughed, including over half of the 6,700 civilians at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst just up the road,” Belgard said.
“In Washington, Superstorm Sandy became a time to score political points and prove one’s ideological purity to a radical few. In New Jersey…along our shore and in every one of our hearts, Sandy was a time when neighbor helped out neighbor…when decency prevailed…and when we all wondered: why are they holding up the aid? where is the help we need?,” she added.
“I am running for Congress — because our communities need a representative who will stand up for our middle class…protect our veterans…care for our seniors…rebuild our treasured shore, and fight day and night so that every New Jersey resident has a fair shot at the American Dream,” Belgard said. “The people of Burlington and Ocean counties deserve a member of Congress who will work to put an end to the irresponsible Washington political antics that continue to threaten our fragile economic recovery.”
Belgard represents more than half of the constituents of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District as a Burlington County Freeholder. She was raised in South Jersey and has lived in Edgewater Park for over a decade. She is married to a small business owner, and she and her husband are the proud parents of two school-aged sons.
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