Atlantic City Council President George Tibbitt, who has been a prominent registered Democrat for more than two decades, has taken the extraordinary step to formally and publicly endorse Republican Vern Macon for Atlantic County Commissioner in the first district.

Tibbitt’s announcement came live, on-the-air on Monday, October 24, 2022 during the 8:00 a.m. hour of the “Hurley in the Morning” program on WPG Talk Radio 95.5

About his decision to endorse a member of the opposite political party, Tibbitt said:

”We are living during some of the most challenging times in America, dating back more than 40 years. We have to transcend beyond petty, partisan politics and vote for the best person for the job,” said Tibbitt.

“I am absolutely convinced that Vern Macon is the exact right person at the right time, to serve as Atlantic County County Commissioner in the first district,” said Tibbitt.

New Jersey assemblyman Don Guardian, Vern Macon, New Jersey assemblyman Antoine McClellan, Joe Berg - chief of staff for Senator Vince Polistina - Don P. Hurley photo.
New Jersey assemblyman Don Guardian, Vern Macon, New Jersey assemblyman Antoine McClellan, Joe Berg - chief of staff for Senator Vince Polistina - Don P. Hurley photo.
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Not lost on anyone is the fact that the current incumbent commissioner, Ernest Coursey holds a position of employment in the Marty Small Atlantic City executive branch.

Tibbitt didn’t say a bad word about Coursey, because he didn’t have to … as his public endorsement of Coursey’s opponent speaks volumes all on its own.

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Tibbitt previously announced his support for the November 8, 2022 Atlantic City ballot question, which would return Atlantic City local elections to May, non-partisan elections.

”Which is the whole point,” said Tibbitt. “We can’t afford to have the toxic, partisan politics. It has not served the citizens of Atlantic City well,” said Tibbitt.

If you missed our previous coverage about Tibbitt’s support for the Atlantic City ballot question, here is a link to catch-up.

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“We are elected to serve the public and we must be mindful to always put their needs first. My decision to endorse Vern Macon comes before political party loyalty,” said Tibbitt.

Tibbitt also shared that he gravitated towards supporting Macon’s candidacy over Coursey’s because “I see many similarities in Vern’s business background and mine,” said Tibbitt.

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