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Hammonton Councilman Michael Torrissi, Jr. exploring a run in the 8th District

December 19, 2019

Hammonton, NJ – Hammonton Councilman Michael Torrissi, Jr announced today that he is exploring a run in the 8th Legislative District. Torrissi is former municipal leader, Republican Club President and successful businessman is weighing his options in the 8th District. “Dawn Addiego was elected as a Republican who was supposed to represent our interests and values,” Torrissi said. “After her defection to the democratic party, I stepped up to support Ryan Peters and Jean Stanfield. I look forward to working with both of them, as well as Chairman Sean Earlin to maintain Republican control of both Assembly seats and win back the Senate seat in 2021,” said Torrissi.

Addiego switched parties from Republican to Democrat in January of 2019 in large part due to the lobbying of Senate President Democrat Steve Sweeney. Since her defection, Republicans have held the line in LD-8 beating Addiego ally Joe Howarth in an Assembly Primary and then electing both Ryan Peters and Jean Stanfield to keep Republican control. “If you look at the numbers, loyal Republican votes in Hammonton carried the day for Peters and Stanfield. I’m confident that no matter who the Republican is against Addiego you’ll see the same result,” Torrissi said.

Legislative District 8 spans nearly all of Burlington County and parts of Atlantic and Camden counties. Torrissi says that he’s prepared to raise the money necessary and set the framework for a win in November 2021. “With my track record in business, and my service to the residents of the Town of Hammonton, I am confident that the voters of the 8th Legislative District will be supportive of a real Republican, especially someone who supports our President,” Torrissi said.

Torrissi has strong ties not only to the transportation industry but also the agriculture industry in the area. “My grandfather was a peach farmer, and since I was about 10 years old I was also a peach farmer working in the fields, and in the packing house. I know first hand how overregulation and lack of understanding by law makers like Dawn Addiego contributes to the bottom line. Our farmers are taxed and regulated enough, it’s time we give them a break,” Torrissi said. Torrissi also echoed his unhappiness about the additional gas tax enacted in August of 2018. “At that time, Dawn Addiego and Joe Howarth both voted yes to raising the gas tax. I was vocally against it at the time, and still am. While this tax might have helped fund transportation projects, it hurt more people than it helped. Big business, local mom/pop stores, and families are all feeling the pain of that tax, and our legislators did nothing to stop it,” said Torrissi.

In the coming months, Torrissi plans to announce his campaign team, and begin to roll-out endorsements, as well as begin the fundraising process. “The democrats in South Jersey are well funded through their PACs and other fundraising entities. I believe we will raise the money necessary to not only be competitive but win this race.” Torrissi said. During the most recent election, Norcross’s General Majority PAC spent millions only to lose a senate seat in LD1, and Assembly seats in LD1 and LD8.

Michael Torrissi is owner of Torrissi Trucking, an interstate bulk fuel carrier. With locations across the Eastern seaboard, Torrissi employs hundreds of staff who ensure fuel products are delivered safely to thousands of communities, airports and industrial facilities. Torrissi is a graduate of Rutgers University in Camden, and a Councilman in the Town of Hammonton. Torrissi is a former Hammonton Reublican Club President, municipal leader and seasoned political operative. Torrissi resides in Hammonton with his wife and daughter.

Torrissi will explore ’21 legislative bid in 8th district

December 19, 2019

New Jersey Globe

By David Wildstein

Hammonton Councilman Michael Torrissi, Jr. will announce this evening that he is exploring a 2021 run for the New Jersey Legislature in the 8th district.

Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) is expected to announce next month that he will run for the State Senate against Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham), who switched to the Democratic Party earlier this year.

That opens up an Assembly seat to run with Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton), who ousted incumbent Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) in the GOP primary.

“Dawn Addiego was elected as a Republican who was supposed to represent our interests and values.” Torrissi said “After her defection to the Democratic Party, I stepped up to support Ryan Peters and Jean Stanfield. I look forward to working with both of them, as well as Chairman Sean Earlen to maintain Republican control of both Assembly seats and win back the Senate seat in 2021.”

Torrissi’s exploration of a legislative bid keeps the door open to a Senate run if Peters changes his mind.

Addiego has not yet announced if she will seek re-election to the Senate as a Democrat in the next election.

Hammonton, the lone Atlantic County municipality in the 8th district, played a pivotal role in the victories of Peters and Stanfield last month.

The two Republicans won Hammonton by about 1,100 votes – more than twice Peters’ 535-vote plurality over Democrat Gina LaPlaca.

“If you look at the numbers, loyal Republican votes in Hammonton carried the day for Peters and Stanfield,” Torrissi explained. “I’m confident that no matter who the Republican is against Addiego you’ll see the same result.”

There is no certainty that Hammonton will remain in the 8th after the next round of redistricting before the 2021 election.

It is unlikely that Democrats would want Hammonton in the Atlantic County-based 2nd district, which elects Republican State Sen. Chris Brown (R-Ventnor) and Democratic Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena Vista).

Torrissi is a former Hammonton GOP municipal chairman and Republican Club president. He’s also the owner of a large trucking company with an ability to self-fund his own 2021 campaign,

“With my track record in business, and my service to the residents of the Town of Hammonton I am confident that the voters of the 8th legislative district will be supportive of a real Republican, especially someone who supports our President,” he said.

Torrissi said that he will announce a campaign team over the next few months and will star rolling out endorsements and begin fundraising.

“The Democrats in South Jersey are well funded through their PACs and other fundraising entities. I believe we will raise the money necessary to not only be competitive but win this race.” Torrissi said.

The General Majority PAC, which has ties to Senate President Steve Sweeney and Democratic powerbroker George Norcross, spent heavily in the 8th district this year in a bid to flip two Assembly seats.

Torrissi said that his ties to the state’s agricultural industry will also help boost his chances to win a seat in the legislature.

“My grandfather was a peach farmer, and since I was about ten years old , I was also a peach farmer working in the fields, and in the packing house,” Torrissi said. “I know firsthand how over-regulation and lack of understanding by law makers like Dawn Addiego contributes to the bottom line. Our farmers are taxed and regulated enough, it’s time we give them a break.”

The Hammonton Republican said that he opposes the gas tax and slammed Addiego and Howarth for supporting it.

“While this tax might have helped fund transportation projects, it hurt more people than it helped,” said Torrissi, whose company. Torrissi Trucking in an interstate bulk fuel carrier with hundreds of employees. “Big business, local mom/pop stores, and families are all feeling the pain of that tax, and our legislators did nothing to stop it.”