Earlier today, Atlantic County Republicans nominated Paul Rosenberg, the former President of Atlantic City’s Yellow Cab Company, for Atlantic County Clerk, Hamilton Township Deputy Mayor Amy Gatto for Freeholder At-Large and Freeholder Rich Dase for re-election in the 4th Freeholder District. At an average age of 37 the Republican slate is 20 years younger than the average age of county office holders although much more experienced than their Democrat counterparts.
Rosenberg, age 35 of Egg Harbor Township, said he was running for County Clerk to clean up McGettigan’s mess, modernize the office, and bring a new generation of leadership to county government.
“Atlantic County Clerk Ed McGettigan has proven time and time again why he is being called the most incompetent County Clerk in New Jersey,” said Rosenberg. “Atlantic County needs a strong and effective leader as our next Clerk – one you can trust to run the office like a business while achieving a superior level of constituent service. Whether it was my time as President of Atlantic City’s Yellow Cab Company or working alongside true leaders like Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Assemblyman Chris Brown, I have the right combination of private business and public service experience to get the job done.”
Gatto, 34, has long been considered a “rising star in Atlantic County politics” and was first elected to the Hamilton Township Committee in 2007 at the age of 25 and at 29 became the youngest and only the third woman to hold the office of Mayor in the township’s several hundred year history. In perhaps a forecast of things to come, Atlantic County Democrats viciously attacked Gatto last fall suggesting there should be a higher age minimum in order to run for office, an experience Gatto said has only strengthened her commitment to serving the community.
“Our County Executive Dennis Levinson and our Board of Chosen Freeholders have set the bar high, leading the most fiscally sound and finest run county in the state of New Jersey, said Gatto. “I stand before you ready to bring the next generation of leadership, experience, and energy to the Freeholder Board.”
A lifelong resident of Galloway Township where he resides with his wife Andrea and three children, Dase is a former Legislative Aide to Congressman Frank LoBiondo and has worked in advertising in Atlantic City casinos and local radio stations. He has spent more than a decade as a teacher in the Galloway Township public school system. Dase, now 41, was first elected to the Freeholder Board in 2007 at 33 after serving on the Galloway Town Council. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2013.
“We can ensure Atlantic County stays on course to a brighter future by keeping our tax rate stable, following through on our economic development initiatives to diversify our economy, and continuing to provide essential community services,” added Dase. “Even the state agrees that the County’s financial plans are responsible and stable based upon the calls from Democratic leadership for the County to help Atlantic City. It’s important that we fight to ensure County taxpayers are not on the hook for a bailout of Atlantic City whether it be due to this third version of a PILOT or through a forced shared service as part any state takeover.”