J. Edward Kline, former mayor of Brigantine and three-term member of the General Assembly, will be chairman of the campaign of Republican State Sen. James ?Sonny? McCullough and his Assembly running mates, Vince Polistina and John Amodeo.

Kline, a resident of Margate, is co-owner and president of Kline Construction Co., Inc., in Galloway Township, a family owned business since 1945.

?Ed Kline has had a long and distinguished career in public life in Atlantic County,? McCullough said. ?His service as a local official, as a state official, and as a successful businessperson give him unique and valuable insights into the ingredients for a successful and responsive government.?

?New Jersey and Atlantic County have a great deal at stake in this year?s election,? Kline said. ?We have seen a state government run amok for the past five years, raising taxes, piling debt atop debt and mortgaging our future, turning its back on the hard working middle class by doing nothing to reduce property taxes and drowning in a sea of public corruption that has turned New Jersey into a national joke.?

?When state government — a $33 billion a year business — is this badly managed, it?s time to change the management,? Kline said. ?It?s time to toss out those in charge and replace them with honest and dedicated people of integrity — people like Sonny McCullough, Vince Polistina and John Amodeo.

Kline served as mayor of Brigantine from 1981 until 1989 and as a member of the General Assembly from 1984 to 1990. He is active in a host of civic and charitable organizations and has been honored on numerous occasions with awards recognizing his service.

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