Burlington Dems Nominate Failed Retreads for Sheriff, Surrogate and Freeholder

Kostoplis, Friedman and Foster all deeply flawed candidates


For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Russell

Mount Holly, February 5, 2016 – The Burlington County Democrats decision to nominate three failed retreads for Sheriff, Surrogate and Freeholder reveals a party decimated by three straight years of losing campaigns, campaign finance violations and ineffective leadership, said GOP Chairman Bill Layton today.

“The fact that the best Burlington County Democrats could do in a Presidential election is nominate three failed candidates who have all been rejected by county voters before demonstrates just how disorganized and weak their party has become locally,” said Burlington County GOP Chairman Bill Layton. “A double-dipping Sheriff’s candidate; a special interest lawyer for Surrogate; and a Freeholder candidate notorious for failing to pay her taxes or her own bills – that’s a ticket that should send shivers up the spine of any taxpayer.”

If James Kostoplis is elected Sheriff, he would exploit a loophole in New Jersey law that allows politicians to double-dip on taxpayers, and collect nearly $200,000 a year in taxpayer money. Kostoplis ran against Sheriff Jean Stanfield in 2013 three years ago and lost.

Surrogate candidate Sander Friedman made a living suing county governments and forcing residents to foot the bill. Friedman ran an ugly, personal smear campaign against Surrogate George Kotch in 2011 and lost.

Freeholder candidate Reva Foster lost to Freeholder Joe Donnelly by more than 20 points in 2013 after it was revealed that she was sued for failing to pay her own taxes, in addition to failing to pay her mortgage, her car payment, her utility bills, and even her dentist.