New Jersey: Zimmer, Myers Will Host Joint Town Halls

Posted August 1, 2008 at 5:07pm

Republicans Dick Zimmer and Chris Myers are teaming up this week for two joint town hall meetings as they continue to battle two well-known and well-funded Democrats in the Garden State.

Zimmer, a former Congressman who was the GOP Senate nominee in 1996, was tapped by party leaders after the state’s filing deadline had passed to take on Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) this fall. Lautenberg is coming off of an expensive primary battle in which he spent about $5 million to fend off Rep. Robert Andrews (D). At the end of June, Lautenberg had about $1.3 million in the bank to Zimmer’s $400,000.

Meanwhile, Myers, who serves as a vice president for Lockheed Martin, is taking on state Sen. John Adler in the race to replace retiring Rep. Jim Saxton (R). Adler, who once lost to Saxton, is a formidable candidate who had amassed an almost $1.5 million war chest by the end of June. Myers, who is coming off of a tough primary in early June, had just $155,000 in the bank.

This week’s town hall meetings will take place tonight in Toms River and Thursday in Moorestown.

“I look forward to sharing the stage with Dick and talking about our plans to cut taxes, create jobs, and get the nation’s economy moving in the right direction again,” Myers said in a statement last week.