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Former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot. (Photo: Paul DeGroot).

DeGroot wins GOP primary in NJ-11

Ex-prosecutor narrowly defeats Selen for chance to take on Sherrill

By David Wildstein, June 08 2022 4:41 pm

Paul DeGroot has won the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and will move on to a general election campaign against two-term Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

DeGroot, a former Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor, leads Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen by 1,340 votes, 39.6% to 35.2%.

U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson is in third place with 19.8%, followed by Ruth McAndrew, a nurse and farmer from Randolph (4.1%) and Alexander Halter (1.4%).

There are still provisional votes to be counted, and some vote-by-mail ballots in Morris County, but Selen has no real path to overtake DeGroot.

Selen carried Morris and Essex, where he had the organization line, by narrow margins.  But the line in Passaic delivered big time for DeGroot, who received 73% of the vote there.

Jackie Burns, Sherrill’s campaign manager, said that “Republicans are divided and have failed to unite around any one candidate because their choices in this primary ranged from bad to worse.”

“The candidates in this fractured, nasty primary combined to deliver a weak and underwhelming showing — while Mikie Sherrill earned more votes in her uncontested primary election than all five Republican candidates combined,” said Burns.  “Voters in Essex, Morris, and Passaic will continue to reject this brand of extremism in the fall.”

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