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U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta.

Bergen GOP legislators back Mehta

By David Wildstein, March 12 2020 1:01 pm

Six Republican legislators representing Bergen County have endorsed Rik Mehta for U.S. Senate.

Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, has emerged as the front runner for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination to challenge Cory Booker.  He’s won organizational support in twelve counties, with only Ocean backing his main rival, Hirsh Singh.

Support from State Sens. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) and Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale), and Assemblymen Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan), Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff) and Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff) comes in advance of the March 23 Bergen County Republican convention, when the organization line will be awarded.

Mehta won the recommendation of the Bergen GOP Policy Committee by a 41 to 12 vote over Singh last night.  Tricia Flanagan received six votes.

“Rik’s campaign slogan – ‘Making New Jersey a place to live, not leave’ – is in line with our joint efforts to stand up against Governor Phil Murphy’s extreme policies in Trenton that are driving people and jobs out of the state with higher taxes, excessive regulation, and bigger, more expensive state government,” the legislators said.

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