Building on the broad, diverse base of support that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is receiving from across the state and political spectrum, Governor Christie today announced the Veterans for Christie coalition and unveiled its statewide leadership team. Veterans for Christie, representing veterans throughout the state in support of Governor Christie’s reelection, will be co-chaired by United States Marine Corps veteran and former State Commander of the New Jersey VFW William F. Thomson and United States Army veteran and former State Commander of the New Jersey American Legion Robert W. Looby.
“New Jersey’s veterans have served our nation and our state with courage, honor, and distinction and it has always been of great importance to me to provide every possible support we can for them. That's why having veterans from across our state who have served our state and nation like William Thomson, Robert Looby, and each member of this coalition stand with me in this campaign an especially gratifying and proud moment for me,” said Governor Christie. “I thank every veteran in our state for their service and sacrifice and am grateful for the support of these men and women of distinction who are standing with me in this campaign.”
Since taking office, Governor Christie has taken action on his commitment to supporting New Jersey’s veterans by providing critical support to those who have served and their families. Among these accomplishments for our veterans, the Governor moved forward with a critical expansion of the Veterans Haven North program to provide comprehensive psychiatric and vocational training and combat homelessness and mental health issues. Further, the Governor has expanded innovative job placement and vocational training efforts, including Helmets to Hardhats, VETeach, and Operation Hire A Hero.
“Today is an exceptionally proud moment for us and for our fellow New Jersey veterans who are standing with us in support of the Governor. The Veterans for Christie coalition is representative of more than just our support for our Governor. It is about the continued efforts of Governor Christie and his Administration to provide support for those who serve and their families,” said William Thomson and Robert Looby. “At a time when assisting our veterans transition back to a civilian life is most crucial, Governor Christie has stood up to do all that he can to ensure that our nation’s servicemen and women return home with easy access to veteran services. We thank Governor Christie and we are proud to stand with him today.”
The Veterans for Christie Coalition is led by a statewide leadership team and coordinators in all 21 counties.
Statewide Leadership Team: Statewide Chair: Bill Thomson Statewide Chair: Bob Looby Atlantic County Chair: Len Daggett Bergen County Chair: Bob Salvini Burlington County Co-Chair: Bob Smyth Burlington County Co-Chair: Paul Zimarowksi, Sr Camden County Chair: George Singley Cape May County Chair: Gerald Thornton, Cape May County Freeholder Director Cumberland County Chair: Derrick Glenn Essex County Chair: Joesph Fornoratto Gloucester County Co-Chair: Ray Martin Gloucester County Co-Chair: Dick Gardner Hudson County Chair: Peter Varsalona Hunterdon County Chair: Craig O'Brien, Raritan Township Committeeman Mercer County Chair: Dan Gianquinto Middlesex County Chair: Walter Ziawin Monmouth County Chair: John Costigan Morris County Chair: Dieter Rosellen Ocean County Chair: Stephen Scaturro Passaic County Chair: Tom Miller Salem County Chair: Joseph Hannagan Somerset County Chair: Joshua Dickerson Sussex County Chair: Rich Vohden, Sussex County Freeholder Union County Chair: Marc Krauss Warren County Chair: Bill Dobbins