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Hirsh Singh. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Hirsh Singh recount bid might be close to an end

Morris Judge cancelled hand count after Singh failed to come up with $9,900 fee

By David Wildstein, August 30 2020 12:01 am

This week could mark the end of the road for Hirsh Singh, who has been searching for a recount after losing last month’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Rik Mehta defeated Singh by 8,727 votes for the chance to take on Democratic incumbent Cory Booker. 

Singh filed for a recount on July 24 and two in-no-hurry judges will finally get around to hearing his request this week.  With no attorney, Singh is representing himself.

Recount requests for Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties will be heard on Monday, with hearings for the last three counties — Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren — scheduled for Thursday.

Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz rescinded an order on Friday for a recount of votes in Morris County after Singh never paid the $9,900 cost of a hand recount of about 46,000 votes cast in the primary.

Singh never responded to additional court filings in Morris County, records show.  Mehta carried Morris by 862 votes.

In Sussex, Singh paid the $50 fee for court-ordered recounts in Sandyston and Frankford, and he failed to respond to a request by the court in Middlesex for deficiencies in his filings.

Singh’s bid for a recount was denied by judges in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Passaic and Union counties.

This was the fourth campaign for Singh in three years.

He lost Republican primaries for Governor in 2017 and Congress in 2018, and briefly sought the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in 2018.

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