Press of Atlantic City - Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:37 pm
Republican Assemblyman John Amodeo formally conceded his election loss to Democrat Vince Mazzeo Tuesday afternoon, a full month after the general election and following numerous court hearings and a formal recount.
“I congratulate Mayor Vince Mazzeo on his successful campaign and wish him luck in his first term in the New Jersey Assembly,” said Amodeo, who said he personally contacted his opponent today.
Amodeo, who’d served as a 2nd District lawmaker for the last six years, said the last month had been an exhausting one that began with what he'd thought was a razor-thin election night victory, only to see his and Mazzeo's fortunes reversed as provisional ballots were counted.
A series of hearings to determine the validity of the results were held in Atlantic County Superior Court, as was a formal recount, all of which broke in favor of Mazzeo.
And, after a hand recount of paper ballots, a recheck of voting machines, the counting of mail-in and provisional ballots, Mazzeo narrowly beat Amodeo by 39 votes, 25,166 to 25,127.
Amodeo said the last few weeks had been “exhausting.”
“But with only a handful of votes separating me and Mazzeo, we felt it was our duty to ensure that every vote was reviewed and re-counted. That has been done to our satisfaction.” he said.
He thanked voters and said he was proud of his campaign’s positive message, even if it “fell short.”
Mazzeo, who is also Northfield’s mayor, will join Republican Chris Brown in representing the 2nd District, which covers most of Atlantic County.