U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin won’t endorse congressional candidate Seth Grossman, but stopped short of disavowing him.
Hugin reiterated that point in a press scrum following an unrelated health care roundtable on Wednesday, splitting slightly with the national branch of the GOP.
“I was at a political event last night in Ocean County. He was there. I have not endorsed him, and I wish him the best,” Hugin said. “I’m running my campaign. This is about Bob Hugin versus Bob Menendez. I’m not involved in a lot of other political campaigns.”
The national Republican party rescinded its endorsement of Grossman in early June following the publication of statements the candidate made calling diversity un-American. Grossman has been widely criticized in recent months over a series of statements that some characterize as racist.
Grossman and Hugin attended an event held by the Ocean City Republican Club in support of both candidates’ campaigns on Tuesday.
Grossman said he did not speak at the event, instead using the opportunity to meet with the city’s Republicans.
Hugin, asked several times whether he supported Grossman would not answer directly, instead saying that he was focused on his own race against Sen. Bob Menendez.
On the other hand, Grossman showed no reservations in offering his support to Hugin.
“I obviously want him to win,” Grossman said. “I’m supporting him. I’m urging everyone who supports me to support Bob Hugin.”