Murray Sabrin, PhD, the Ramapo College finance professor who challenged Governor Christine Whitman’s 1997 reelection as a Libertarian candidate and sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2000 and 2008, wants another shot at the seat now occupied by Senator Cory Booker.
The professor has started the process of reaching out to party leaders, previous Republican Senate candidates and county chairmen to gauge and seek their support for the nomination that no mainstream Republican seems to want. Thus far, only little known small businessmen have taken steps to secure the nomination.
The son of Holocaust survivors, Sabrin, 67, was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with his parents and brother as a toddler in 1949. He became a naturalized citizen in 1959. In addition to his academic career, Sabrin has worked in commercial real estate sales and marketing, personal portfolio management and economic research. He is the co-founder and president of a company that manufactures and distributes an environmentally friendly lubricant/rust inhibitor named for an edible eel.
A relentless advocate of small government and personal liberty, Sabrin is not affraid to speak his mind or act unconventionally. During his 2008 Senate bid, Sabrin placed a 20-1 bet on the Kentucky Deby hoping to raise enough cash to win the primary. Currently, he is floating a wacky theory about Bridgegate on his blog, raising the possibility that Governor Christie ordered the GWB lane closures, not as retaliation for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s lack of an endorsement, but because Sokolich didn’t invite Christie to a groundbreaking 11 days before Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey.
Sabrin was a vocal critic of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan last year when Lonegan ran against Booker for the completion of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term. Should Sabrin be the Republican Senate nominee and should Lonegan win the GOP nomination to replace retiring Congressman Jon Runyan in CD-3 the former friends and allies will be running mates.