Republican U.S. Senate candidate Stuart Meissner has won the endorsement of Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango.
Meissner, a former deputy attorney general of New York, is one of five candidates already in the race to challenge incumbent Cory Booker next year.
“Cory Booker is always looking for the next best thing. That’s not Stuart Meissner. Stuart’s only focus will be on New Jersey—and not on higher office,” said Arango. “He’s a different kind of candidate who will clean up our state that has been left badly broken by greed and corruption.
Booker has not yet announced if he will seek re-election in 2020 and has until the April filing deadline to do so.
A new law passed in New Jersey in 2018 allows Booker to continue his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination while simultaneously seeking re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.
Arango is the first GOP county chairman to formally endorse in the race for Senate.
“We deserve a problem-solver who cares about the hard-working people of the Garden State,” Arango said. “We need a Republican who will unify all our members as the Party of Growth Opportunity and Prosperity—that’s our next Senator, Stuart Meissner.”
Also in the race to take on Booker are Hirsh Singh, Tricia Flanagan and Rik Mehta.
Singh finished third in the 2017 Republican gubernatorial primary. He received 23,728 votes (9.76%) and lost to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno by 90,118 votes. He lost a Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 in New Jersey’s 2nd district.
Flanagan, and Rivera ran as independents for the U.S. Senate in the 2018 U.S. Senate race between Democrat Bob Menendez and Republican Bob Hugin. Flanagan won 0.15% of the vote, and Rivera won (0.63%).
In the 2013 special election for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat, Meissner won 2,051 votes statewide against Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan (0.15%). He finished 738,691 votes behind Booker.
Meissner worked for the Manhattan District Attorney and the New York State Attorney General under Eliot Spitzer before starting his own law firm that concentrates on Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblowers who file lawsuits against Wall Street banks and large corporations.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Meissner became part of the “bucket brigade that helped clear debris from Ground Zero. As a result of his volunteer efforts, he became a cancer survivor.
Arango has been a fixture in New Jersey politics since 1985, when he became one of four Republicans to win State Assembly seats from Hudson County – the first since 1920. He later became chairman of the New Jersey Republican County Chairman’s Association.