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.
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 »
Rik Mehta, a former Food and Drug Administration official. won the Middlesex County GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate in online balloting that was tabulated this afternoon. Mehta’s name will appear below President Trump’s on the ballot in Middlesex in the Republican primary on June 2.
The Middlesex Republican nominating convention, originally scheduled for March 14, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delegates voted online with balloting closing at midnight on the 14th, GOP Chairwoman Lucille Panos told MMM. The Middlesex GOP Executive committee tabulated and certified the votes today.
Hirsh Singh, a contender for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 7 primary, says he has filed a complaint with the U. S. Department of Justice over the NJ Attorney General’s Cease and Desist letter demanding that he stop advising voters to request a duplicate ballot if they did not vote for him. The Cease and Desist letter also demanded that Singh provide the government with a list of voters to whom he sent his ‘hoodwinked letter.’
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Hirsh Singh told MMM that he has not complied with the Cease and Desist letter sent to him last week by the NJ Attorney General’s Office and that he thinks the letter might actually be a political dirty trick orchestrated by Bill Palatucci, New Jersey’s Republican National Committeeman and long term advisor to former Governor Chris Christie.
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Hirsh Singh is defending his letter asking GOP primary voters to request a duplicate ballot from their County Clerk if they have already cast a vote for his opponent. Singh said he was unsure if his campaign would comply with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s demand that he cease mailing the letter and surrender his mailing list of potential voters to the State.
The Ocean County Republican nominating convention endorsed Hirsh Singh for the nomination to take on Senator Cory Booker in November.
Singh told MMM that his victory in Ocean would be like former VP Joe Biden’s victory in the South Carolina Democrat primary, and that he would now clear the field and secure the GOP nomination over Rik Mehta.
Ocean County Republican leaders will convene in Toms River this evening.
Their most important order of business will be to endorse a primary candidate for the nomination to challenge Democrat Congressman Andy Kim in the 3rd District. The candidate they chose will appear on the June 2 primary ballot in the same column as President Donald J. Trump, the Party’s U.S. Senate candidate (likely Rik Mehta), Freeholder Joe Vicari and the local candidates for municipal offices throughout the Ocean portions of the district.
David Richter is the best candidate to take on Congressman Kim in the general election.
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.