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  Giuliani takes huge organizational lead in New Jersey
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News DateWednesday, January 31, 2007 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRudy Giuliani has emerged as the clear front runner in New Jersey's February 2008 Republican presidential primary, winning endorsements from a majority of the state's GOP County Chairmen, nineteen state legislators, and a long list of Republican elected officials that demonstrate support across the ideological spectrum.

The former New York City Mayor has the support of eleven of the 21 County Chairs: George Gilmore (Ocean), Michael Warner (Burlington), Dale Florio (Somerset), David Von Savage (Cape May), Richard Zeoli (Sussex), John Sette (Morris), Phil Morin (Union), Guy Talarico (Bergen), Doug Steinhardt (Warren), Jose Arango (Hudson) and Larry Pepper (Cumberland). These eleven counties cast more than 65% of the statewide vote in the 2006 GOP U.S. Senate primary. Of the remaining ten county party leaders, eight have not yet announced their endorsement of a presidential candidate; Keith Davis (Atlantic) and Kevin O'Toole (Essex) are supporting Sen. John McCain.

Eight of the 18 Republicans in the State Senate are backing Giuliani: Tom Kean, Jr., Nicholas Asselta, Diane Allen, Martha Bark, Andrew Ciesla, Anthony Bucco, Bob Martin and Bob Singer. McCain has the support of State Sens. Bill Gormley and Peter Inverso, while State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The other seven Senators have not yet picked a candidate.

Giuliani also has endorsements from eleven GOP members of the State Assembly: Majority Conference Leader Peter Biondi, Christopher Bateman, Joseph Pennacchio, Amy Handlin, Jon Bramnick, Larry Chatzidakis, Francis Bodine, Brian Rumpf, David Wolfe, Charlotte Vandervalk and Ronald Dancer. McCain has the backing of six Assembly Republicans: Bill Baroni, Jennifer Beck, Frank Blee, Steve Corodemus, Sean Kean and Samuel Thompson.

Bucco and Pennacchio are among the state's most conservative legislators.

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