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Rik Mehta wins U.S. Senate endorsement from Monmouth GOP

Dr. Rikin Mehta was endorsed by the Monmouth County Republican Committee for the GOP nomination to unseat Senator Cory Booker this morning at the committee’s annual nominating convention at iPlayAmerica in Freehold Township.

Mehta bested Natalie Rivera and Hirsh Singh, earning 56% (128) of the 230 votes cast. Rivera won the support of 32% (74) of the delegates and Singh 12% (28). 12 delegates present did not cast a vote in the U.S. Senate contest, according to parliamentarian John Lane.

The pharmaceutical entrepreneur/regulator and attorney is undefeated in County GOP contests after also winning Burlington County’s endorsement this morning. He has previously won the endorsements to the Union, Somerset, Hunterdon and Camden GOP organizations.

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Posted: February 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Gary Rich Skips Monmouth County GOP Screening

UPDATE: Gary Rich announced that he is no longer a candidate for U.S. Senate

Former Freeholder Gary Rich

Former Monmouth County Freeholder did not interview with the Monmouth County Republican Screening Committee as scheduled this weekend.  His name will not appear on the ballot for the nomination for U.S. Senate at the Monmouth GOP nominating convention on Saturday, February 8, according to Chairman Shaun Golden.

Golden told MMM that Rich initially confirmed his attendance at the Saturday morning interview and that an email from his campaign on Friday cancelled his appearance.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Politics, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gary Rich Skips Monmouth County GOP Screening

Palatucci shows Rik Mehta around the Golden Gala

By Art Gallagher

Shaun Golden and U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta at the Golden Gala

Bill Palatucci, New Jersey’s Republican National Committeeman, was showing U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta around the Golden Era Gala on Friday night, which surprised me because Hirsh Singh has been touting the Republican National Commiteeman’s endorsement for the nomination to take on Senator Cory Booker for months.

“I’m trying to get Eli Manning to run,” I told Palatucci when he asked me if I knew Mehta.  Bill laughed and without missing a beat said, “Is that going to happen?  Just it case it doesn’t, you should know Rik Methta.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 2nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Bramnick for Governor?

By Art Gallagher

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, “top contender for governor” Jon Bramnick and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone on the Walk to Washington train last winter.

The pre-primary of the 2021 GOP nomination for NJ Governor got a lot more interesting this morning.

In a Star Ledger Friendly Fire interview with Democrat strategist Julie Roginsky and Republican strategist Mike DuHaime that Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick shared on facebook, DuHaime declared Bramnick to be a “top contender for governor after a strong 2019.”

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Posted: December 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Jon Bramnick, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Meissner forms exploratory committee for 2020 U.S. Senate race

Stuart Meissner, an attorney from Bergen County, announced today that he has formed an exploratory committee for the 2020 GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Cory Booker.

Booker, a Democrat candidate for the 2020 nomination to lose to President Trump, has not yet indicated if he will also seek reelection to the Senate.  Under a recent law signed by Governor Phil Murphy, it is now legal for a former Newark mayor to run for Senate and either President or Vice President simultaneously.

Meissner has run against Booker previously.  He was an Independent candidate in the 2013 special election that Governor Chris Christie scheduled for August to fill the vacancy which resulted upon the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg,  Meissner ran on a platform on alimony reform, according to NJ.com

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Posted: August 22nd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Meissner forms exploratory committee for 2020 U.S. Senate race

Jack’s attack motivates support for Kim

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Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s recent attack on Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appears to be backfiring.  The oversized glossy postcard comparing Guadagno to Hillary Clinton is drawing angry comments on social media and pledges to work for Kim’s nomination on June 6.

Childhood friends of the Assemblyman are turning their backs on his candidacy and Republican women are particularly offended:

Here’s a small sample:

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »