Former Gov. Chris Christie is taking sides in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, endorsing Rik Mehta to take on Cory Booker.
“Dr. Mehta will stand with President Trump to hold China accountable, reopen our country and always stand up for New Jersey in Washington, D.C.,” Christie said.
Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, has won the endorsement of 17 of 21 Republican county organizations.
“I am proud to receive Governor Christie’s endorsement of my campaign for U.S. Senate. Chris knows first-hand how to win state-wide elections and it is an honor to have him on our team,” Mehta said. “I look forward to working with him and together with President Trump to reopen our Country and bring manufacturing jobs back from China.”
Hirsh Singh has the Republican lines in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties.
Tricia Flanagan, Natalie Lynn Rivera and Eugene Anagnos are also seeking the Senate nomination.
Booker faces a primary challenge from former Newark Board of Education member Lawrence Hamm, the co-chairman of Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign.