John P. Ginty
Ginty was a Navy submarine officer from 1988 to 1993. He is also an alumnus of University of Notre Dame (B.A. & B.B.A., 1988), University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (M.B.A., 1995), and Rutgers School of Law—Newark (J.D., 2003). He is currently the Associate Director for Index Analysis with Standard & Poor's.
2006 Senate Race
Ginty was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from New Jersey in the 2006 elections. He ran in the primary against State Senator Thomas Kean Jr., which was held on June 6, 2006. Kean, the winner of the primary, ultimately lost to appointed Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in the November general election.
Ginty, a conservative, focused on his opposition to abortion and his support for reduced government spending and taxes, painting Kean as out-of-line with the more conservative voters who typically participate in the Republican primary.
On April 27, 2006, the New Jersey Right To Life Political Action Committee endorsed Ginty.
Ginty called on Kean to stop soliciting the endorsement of the Sierra Club. Ginty said Kean should not seek their endorsement because the Sierra Club is an "environmental extremist group with a deep history of involvement in left-wing causes."
In May 2006, Ginty announced his support for oil exploration in ANWR as part of his overall plan to alleviate high gasoline prices. Both Kean and Menendez oppose ANWR oil exploration. Ginty's plan contained several points, including: energy deregulation, more overall domestic oil exploration and eliminating the ethanol tariff.
Kean defeated Ginty by a 3-1 margin in the primary election held on June 6, 2006.
- Chen, David W. "Kean Is Challenged From the Right in U.S. Senate Race", The New York Times, April 11, 2006. Accessed June 17, 2008. "The potential challenger's name is John P. Ginty, and he is a 41-year-old financial data analyst and former president of the Ridgewood Republican Club who proudly calls himself an 'ideologue' and a social conservative."
- Bergen conservative files to run against Kean, The Record (Bergen County), April 11, 2006
- "New Jersey Pro-Life Group Backs John Ginty for Senate". Retrieved April 30, 2006.
- Daily Record columnist Fred Snowflack: Dropping self-service fight a smart decision, May 3, 2006
- Senate long-shot stands firm on policing border, The Record (Bergen County), May 25, 2006
- Chen, David W. "As Expected, New Jersey Primaries Create Senate Race Between Kean and Menendez", The New York Times, June 7, 2006. Accessed June 17, 2008.