TRENTON, N.J. – Bridges crossed, both physical and figurative, have defined Assemblywoman Bethanne McCarthy Patrick’s life. Her mother grew tired of her father traversing the Delaware Memorial Bridge from Wilmington, Del., for work at DuPont day in and day out. So he transplanted himself and his wife to Salem County, the place she has called home all her life.
Coming from a line of staunch Irish Catholic Democrats from Philadelphia, McCarthy Patrick proudly voted “D” as soon as she was eligible. But as she became more involved in politics, she found her principles of fairness and truth aligned with Republican values. Another bridge crossed, as viewers will learn in the Assembly Republican Office’s latest summer mini biography series video released Tuesday.
“I can be loud, but I’m true, and I’m fair, and I believe in fairness,” McCarthy Patrick (R-Salem) said. “…More could be done. We could have more help from Trenton. …They’re not listening to the constituents. And I at least want to be a voice, somehow, in Trenton.”
McCarthy Patrick lives in Mannington. She has served as Assemblywoman in LD3, which serves parts of Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties, since January 2022.