John Novak Has Eye on Congressional Seat in 2020

By Eric Englund | Nov 19, 2019

Barnegat — Barnegat Township Deputy Mayor John J. Novak is setting his sights on Washington as he has filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for the District 3 congressional seat held by Democrat Andy Kim. The district seat serves parts of Ocean and Burlington counties.

“I’ve hired a campaign manager and a consultant,” said the 61-year-old Novak. “I’m ready to go. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have any confidence, and I feel very strongly that I can win.”

Novak’s first hurdle will be to win the Republican primary, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.

In running for Congress, the Toms River-based attorney said he won’t seek re-election to a third straight three-year term on the committee. He also said his colleagues on the committee have agreed to name him mayor for 2020 at the New Year’s Day reorganization.

Novak, who also served as mayor in 2016, said his campaign slogan is “Make America America Again.”

“I feel our country, which was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, has lost its way,” he said. “There was a time when police were respected and veterans were properly honored. That’s why I chose that slogan, because I want us to be the great country, the kind of America I grew up to know and love.”

While he is still putting together a platform, Novak said he plans to zero in on what he calls “couch sitters,” or people who are able to work but don’t and instead rely on “government entitlements.”

“When our government treats couch sitters better than our returning veterans, something is very wrong,” he said. “We’ve lost our sense of priorities.”

This is not Novak’s first attempt at public office outside Barnegat. In 2016, he ran unsuccessfully as an Independent in the Ocean County freeholder race after being unable to get his party’s nod. He ran as the “Real People’s Candidate.”

“I know people have called me a ‘rogue Republican,’ but I’m always going to be someone who sticks to his beliefs,” he said. “The people can be sure to expect that from me as my campaign takes shape.”  —E.E..

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