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Dr. Murray Sabrin, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, campaigns in Rutherford on September 3, 2018. (Photo: NJ Globe.)

Sabrin retiring to Florida

Five-time statewide candidate won’t run in N.J. again

By David Wildstein, June 01 2021 9:43 am

Dr. Murray Sabrin, who ran in five statewide races in New Jersey over the last 24 years, is moving to Florida.

Sabrin has recently retired as a full-time professor at Ramapo College, where he founded – and personally financed – the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise.

“New Jersey should be one of the most attractive states to live in despite the weather.  Unfortunately, the collectivists are in charge,” Sabrin said in an email.  “My warnings during the 1997 gubernatorial campaign have been ignored–excessive taxes and spending, unnecessary regulations, and unconscionable debt, will have negative consequences for decades.  That time has arrived. The next economic downturn could be brutal.”

As the Libertarian candidate for governor in 1997, Sabrin became the first independent to qualify for public matching funds and to participate in the official debates that year, along with Christine Todd Whitman and James E. McGreevey.  He received 4.7% of the vote.

Sabrin finished fourth in the GOP U.S. Senate primary with 12.6% in 2000.  He sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate two more times: he received 13.8% in 2008 and 19.4% in 2014.

As the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018, Sabrin finished fourth in a field of 8 candidates with 21,212 votes, 0.67%.

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