New Jersey has a surprise Senate candidate.
Eugene Anagnos, a Republican from East Hanover, is seeking the party nod to take on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.
Anagnos, who did not seek party support for his bid, is running a conservative platform under the slogan “prevent Ca. east.”
“I am running as a Conservative who fully supports President Trump,” Anagnos said on a fundraising page. “I want to add a critical vote in the US Senate to support the President as he continues to lower taxes, cuts stifling regulations, reduces wasteful expenditures, strengthens our defenses, protects our borders, appoints judges to the courts who will apply the Constitution and the law instead of trying to make it, and achieves fair and balanced trade with the world.”
Anagnos is the fifth Republican to seek the party nod.
He faces Rik Mehta, Hirsh Singh, Natalie Rivera and Tricia Flanagan in the primary.
Anagnos is a retired public school teacher who formerly worked in Newark and Elizabeth schools for more than 25 years.
He has not filed with the Federal Election Commission and did not immediately return a call seeking comment made at 9:06 p.m.
“We must continue to grow our economy and keep unemployment at the lowest historical levels for every segment of the population. Lower taxes and less government mean more freedom and more prosperity for all,” he said on the fundraising page. “We will do this by fully supporting this great President during his second and even more successful term of office. I pledge to always remain true to conservative principles, and I would very much appreciate your support.”