Ocean Co. Freeholder Jack Kelly (R) and Lockheed Martin VP/Medford Mayor Chris Myers (R) "continue to wage arguably the most acrimonious press release war" in NJ. Already "bolstered" by news that Myers donated money to Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D) campaign, Kelly "lashed out" 4/29 at what he said what "Myer's thin voting record." Kelly: "Now we find out that Chris did not even bother to vote in 70% of Republican primary elections since 1997 -- including the Presidential primaries in 2000 and 2004."
Myers responded through mgr Chris Russell, who "targeted" '97, the "first of those years" the Kelly camp listed as one in which they contend Myers was "missing in action." Russell: "Is Jack Kelly looking to star in a remake of the Keystone Cops? ... His latest smear was attacking Chris Myers in a press release for not voting in the June 1997 Republican Primary, when Chris didn't even live in New Jersey until August 1997 and register to vote in Medford until October 6, 1997."
The Kelly camp "admitted they erred in including" '97 as one of the primaries in which Myers "failed to vote. But they stood by the other dates" (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ.com, 4/29).
This article appears in the April 30, 2008, edition of House Race Hotline.