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As early voting started today, Rep. Chris Smith went out knocking on doors in support of fellow Republican Assemblyman Ned Thomson, who is facing a challenge from Rabbi Avi Schnall.

Republican Congressman Smith's personal involvement in this election race indicates how important it is to Republican leadership on all levels to retain this seat.

Democrats have held majorities in both the Senate and Assembly for the past two decades. However, all 120 seats in the Legislature are currently on the ballot, and the stakes have never been higher. Every vote truly counts this election season.

A lifelong resident of Monmouth County, Edward “Ned” Thomson III has been an assemblyman since 2017, serving as conference leader since January 2022. He was the Republican whip from 2019 to 2021.

He serves as a member of the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources and the Regulated Professions, State and Local Government, and Telecommunications and Utilities Committees.

Prior to joining the Legislature, Assemblyman Thomson was Trustee of the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) for more than 20 years.

An enrolled actuary, Assemblyman Thomson is the owner of E.H. Thomson & Company, Inc. Consulting Actuaries where he administers more than 500 pension plans.

Assemblyman Thomson is an experienced pilot who volunteers with Angel Flights which provides free trips for patients with serious illnesses for treatment at hospitals.  In addition, he volunteers for the Junior Olympics and other major youth and intercollegiate sailing events and is a race official with U.S. Sailing.

With three grown children, Thomson and his wife have been married for 32 years.

Congressman Smith, who has been a long time true friend to the Lakewood community, is endorsing Thomson.

“Smith’s staff has provided unparalleled constituent services to assist many Yechidim with wide variety of issues,” the Lakewood Vaad stated.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. Early voting began already on Saturday, Oct. 28 and will run until Sunday, Nov. 5. There are 10 early voting sites and the hours will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

A voter can visit any of the 10 early voting sites and cast their ballot.

The early voting sites in Ocean County are:

• Berkeley Library, 30 Station Road, Bayville

• Brick Library, 301 Chambersbridge Road, Brick

• Jackson Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson

• Lacey Community Center, (Former Knights of Columbus Building), Room C, 15 E Lacey Road, Lacey Township; 

• Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 3rd Street

• Upper Shores Library, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette; 

• Little Egg Harbor Library; 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township;

• Ocean County Southern Service Center, nutrition site, 179 S Main St., Manahawkin; 

• Manchester Library, 21 Colonial Dr., Manchester Township 

• Toms River Library, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

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1 comment:

Common sense said...

Vote Republican on the state races, the GOP may have a chance to chip away numerous seats this year & potential majority in the state houses. Bidenomics is going to have a devastating Boomerang on Democrats this year. People are frustrated with not being able to afford what they used to, we are now experiencing the Ripple effects of the Democrats in control. When it hurts people in the pocketbook, that's when they get motivated get out and vote.
I've seen people speak out from every type of neighborhood, at the end of the day they need to pay their bills, and whose in office makes the difference. Party loyalty for Dems is diminishing quickly.