Brian Fitzherbert spent months campaigning for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district, only to see his campaign end when rival Hirsh Singh went to court to challenge his nominating petitions.
Now, from his perch as a private citizen, Fitzherbert isn’t happy that Singh doesn’t have the personal means to fulfill his promise of a self-funded $2 million campaign to keep Frank LoBiondo’s seat in Republican hands.
“As a voter and potential constituent, it’s concerning that he didn’t tell the truth to the Republican party,” Fitzherbert told the New Jersey Globe. “He did a disservice to the Republican party.”
The 29-year-old first-time candidate impressed many Republicans with his campaign, short-lived as it was. He was able to win the endorsement of the Gloucester County Republicans. Fitzherbert shows no personal bitterness for the way his campaign ended, but he does appear to have a genuine concern about Singh’s ability to mount a serious campaign to hold the LoBiondo seat.
Two of Fitzherbert’s former rivals, Robert Turkavage and Sam Fiocchi, have called on Singh to drop out of the race. Fitzherbert stopped short of that.
“He needs to come clean,” Fitzherbert said about Singh. “He needs to explain this. He needs to give us a reason why he promised what he did.”
Fitzherbert does want to know if Singh accidentally omitted some of his assets or was he deliberately misleading.
“The Republican party should reevaluate their support before the primary in three weeks,” he said.