TRENTON – A homebuilder and church-builder is now looking to build a public-service career at the pinnacle of New Jersey politics, beginning with the Republican nomination for governor.
Philip Rizzo, 44, of Harding is one of four Republicans on the June 8 gubernatorial ballot. He’s a third-generation real estate developer with a small construction company that builds new and renovated homes in North and Central Jersey and has also founded two Baptist churches in Hudson County, in Hoboken and North Bergen.
“We are an interesting campaign because I am running with a business mind but a pastor’s heart to bring New Jersey back to prosperity,” Rizzo said.
Rizzo and his wife, Jennifer, have four teenage children – three sons and a daughter. His life story includes losing his right arm in an accident at home at age 4 when a basement column collapsed but nevertheless going on to play varsity baseball and football in high…