Camden GOP slaps Wally Edge and wins
By Wally Edge
Will John Custodio run as a Republican for State Assembly in the 4th
Camden County Republicans have given the Inside Edge a rather firm and
deserved slap for speculation yesterday that former Black Horse Pike
Regional School District President John Custodio, a Republican, could be
an outside-the-box pick for Democrats when they replacing retiring
Assemblywoman Sandra Love. The GOP says that Custodio, a longtime
governmental affairs executive who is held in very high esteem by both
parties - in Trenton and in South Jersey - is too principled to switch
Shelley Lovett, a Gloucester Township Councilwoman who was the GOP State
Senate candidate in the fourth district two years ago, says that Custodio
"would be a great representative in the Assembly," saying he is a fiscal
conservative who "would stand up to Jon Corzine and fight for taxpayers in
"Unfortunately, John would never fit in with the Democrats in Trenton
because he holds his fiscal conservative principles so strongly," Lovett
added. "We know from the recent incident with Assemblyman Greenwald that
those who speak up against Jon Corzine will be muzzled."
Two GOP chairmen also dismissed the idea that Custodio might run as a
"This is insane," said Gloucester Township GOP Chairman Ray Polidoro.
"It's more likely that Dan Hutchison would run as a Republican -- again --
than John Custodio would run as a Democrat. It's clear to me that the
Democrats are just nervous and desperate."
Camden County GOP Chairman Richard DeMichele took the Lloyd Bentsen
approach: "I know John Custodio," DiMichele said. "And John Custodio is no
Democrat. He wouldn't be caught dead on a ticket with a tax-hiker like
The question now is whether Republicans can recruit Custodio, who
reportedly considered running in 2007, as their Assembly candidate in
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