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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Cory Booker, Dr Rikin Mehta, Hirsh Singh, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Natalie Rivera, New Jersey, Rik Mehta, Rik Mehta for U.S. Senate | 4 Comments »
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: Art Gallagher | 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: 2020 elections, Christian Onuoha, Congressman Chris Smith, Gary Rich, Hirsh Singh, Lillian Burry, Natalie Rivera, President Donald Trump, Rik Mehta, Ross Licitra, Sammy Gindi | No Comments »
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: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: 2020 elections, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Bill Palatucci, Cory Booker, Eli Manning, Eli Manning for U.S. Senate, Golden Era, Golden Gala, Hirsh Singh, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Rik Mehta, Rik Mehta for U.S. Senate, William J Palatucci | 3 Comments »