In a statement released by the Sipprelle campaign, Handlin said:
“Scott Sipprelle is the right candidate at the right time to take on and defeat Rush Holt, and I am proud to step forward and announce my public support for his candidacy,”
“The positive tone of Scott’s campaign and his willingness to outline detailed solutions relating to earmarks and wasteful government spending resonated with me. I am also pleased to see his commitment to term limits for the US Congress. His grasp of the issues really impressed me and I am confident it will do the same with voters seeking a new direction for our country this November.”
According to his statement, Sipprelle called the endorsement “huge” and pledged to continue his outreach into Monmouth County in the hopes of receiving further support in the weeks ahead.
Handlin is the only Monmouth County office holder to date to publicly support Sipprelle. His opponent for the nomination, Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre, appears to be holding onto his support from the majority of Monmouth County office holders.
The only other elected official to endorse Sipprelle is Senator Bill Baroni from Mercer County.
In response to Handln's endorsement of Sipprelle, Halfacre said:
"I like and respect Amy Handlin and she is free to endorse whomever she chooses. I am grateful to have the continued support of Senators Beck and Kean, Assembly members Angelini, Casagrande and O’Scanlon, Freeholder Director Burry, Deputy Director Clifton, Freeholder Curley and a significant majority of municipal chairs in the Monmouth portion of the 12th District.
I believe that in Monmouth County and all over the 12th District, a small business owner with a record of cutting property taxes , and a small government, pro-business philosophy is the best person to defeat Rush Holt in November. It is that record and that philosophy which has earned me grassroots support throughout the district, including the support of four major Tea Party groups in New Jersey. I will continue spreading my message and building that grassroots support, and together with the people we will give the 12th District a representative in Washington who reflects the values of the district. "