Amodeo on LD2 mess: 'I still feel very confident'
Amodeo, left, and Whelan today in Newark. By Max Pizarro | November 14th, 2013 - 1:32pm
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NEWARK - Two of the protagonists in the LD 2 election agony surfaced this morning at Newark International Airport, one of whom stands closer to what is now an unfolding courtroom drama.

"A judge is going to make that decision," said state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2), Atlantic City, referring to a provisional ballot count last night that shows Whelan's cross-the-aisle districtmate, Assemblyman John Amodeo (R-2), just two votes up on Whelan Democratic running mate Northfield Mayor Vincent Mazzeo.

"I'm out of it," the senator added.

Amodeo was seated next to Whelan for the announcement by Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) concerning new United Airlines flight service to Atlantic City.

"The minimum wage referendum question brought out Democratic voters," said the union crane operator/lawmaker. "As a result, that's why we're in the situation we're in."

Amodeo watched his lead slide last night from 74 to two before the process ended and Democrats vowed to beat the assemblyman in court.

"I still feel very confident," he said. "25,000 people supported me and I am fighting for those 25,000 people. I have faith in the count."

The Republican legislator said Board of Elections workers noted numerous maladies in ballot signatures from Atlantic City and Pleasantville and dismissed the charge of voter disenfranchisement leveled by Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder. 

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