Former U.S. Senate candidate Tricia Flanagan and Rik Mehta, the presumptive Republican nominee, have come to something of an understanding.
The two met Tuesday morning to discuss Mehta’s platform after Flanagan told the New Jersey Globe that, while she had conceded the race, she was not yet ready to endorse the Chester Township resident on Monday.
“Are Rik and I all the way there yet? No, but the dialogue has been opened, and that’s what I can support. I can support the platform of full pro-life. I can support the platform of full H1B visa reform. I can support the concept of standing with ICE, which Rik Mehta said he does do,” Flanagan said. “Those are the bottom-line brass tacks that I am fighting for and Rik Mehta has said he will support. That’s where we have found common ground.”
Hirsh Singh, a third Republican candidate that trails Mehta by roughly 8,000 votes, has filed for a recount in four counties where Mehta’s lead totals about 13,000 votes. He is representing himself his bid to shift the final vote margin by nearly two points.
Despite their coming together, Flanagan isn’t endorsing Mehta — not yet, anyway.
The two-time conservative Senate candidate is joining Rogers for America, an organization founded and headed by Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers, who is a member of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign advisory board.
Any endorsement of Mehta would likely come as a joint statement from Flanagan and Rogers.
Still, Mehta is likely to be the nominee, and given the fruitful meeting between him and Flanagan, it appears likely that Mehta will have his former opponent’s backing.
“We’re more closely-aligned than we thought,” Mehta said.