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Republican congressional candidate Robert Kovic. (Photo: Robert Kovic).

Kovic drops bid for Congress in NJ-11, backs Selen

Once-large field of Sherrill challengers now at four

By David Wildstein, March 09 2022 9:43 am

Robert Kovic has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and has endorsed Tayfun Selen.

Kovic, a former Ridgefield Park councilman who now lives in Sussex County, never picked up any steam in his bid to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), despite endorsements from  former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn and State Sen. Edward Durr (R-Swedesboro).  He won just six votes at the Morris County GOP convention last week.

“I launched my campaign to be a voice for American greatness, individual liberty, and honoring our Constitution,” Kovic said.  “Although the results of the recent convention were not what I had hoped for, I believe my friend Tayfun Selen is our best choice to take the fight to Democrats with the passion, message and conviction we need.”

Selen, a Morris County Commissioner, was the top vote-getter in the vote for the Republican organization line in Morris County but fell 74 votes short of winning on the first ballot.  He now faces former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha in a runoff where voting begins on Thursday and ends on Friday night.

Another candidate, attorney Larry Friscia, also dropped out after receiving 14 votes at the Morris convention.  He endorsed Casha.

“I spent many nights speaking before Republicans on the debate stage alongside all of the candidates, and Tayfun’s record and story are both something I respect and also embody the greatness of America,” stated Kovic.  “I think for Republicans to have a chance at picking up a tough swing district in November and knock the AOC and Pelosi Democrats back on their heels – we need to unite behind Tayfun Selen.”

Kovic had struggled to raise money.  He raised $13,215 during the fourth quarter of 2021 and has brought in $38,814 since entering the race in April.  Sherill, the three-term incumbent, has more than $5 million cash-on-hand.

Former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, who has the organization line in Passaic County, remains in the race, along with U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson

Anderson came within five votes of beating Casha for the second runoff berth.  His campaign has alleged that some convention rules were violated and has asked for a do-over of the first ballot vote.

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