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Kovic gets backing of former opponent

Brotschol takes sides in race to find rival for Sherrill

By David Wildstein, February 28 2022 11:48 am

Hillery Brotschol,  the young screenwriter who had spent most of 2021 pursuing the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, has endorsed Robert Kovic for the chance to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

“On my campaign website I said, ‘I’m tired of the wokeness, political correctness, and cancel culture that’s taken America by storm,’” Brotschol stated, “I went on to say, ‘I’m flipping the script on cancel culture’ and asked folks to join me. I’m proud to be joined by Rob Kovic in that quest.”

Brotschol ended her congressional race on January 28.

Five other candidates are seeking party support to take on Sherrill: Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen; former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha; former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot; attorney Larry Friscia; and U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson.

Kovic is a former Ridgefield Park councilman who now lives in Sussex County.

“After withdrawing from the congressional primary, I have met with and gotten to know Rob Kovic. What I learned is we share the same values and want to end cancel culture. I am happy to endorse Rob Kovic for Congress,” Brotschol said.  “Not only do I endorse Rob, I also look forward to nominating him at the upcoming Republican convention.”

The size of the GOP field is expected to shrink after the Morris County Republican convention on March 4.

DeGroot has the organization line in Passaic County.  Essex is expected to endorse the winner of the Morris convention.

“Hillery Brotschol conducted her campaign with class and dignity,” said Kovic. “I’m honored to have earned her endorsement and look forward to her nominating me at the party’s convention. I’m glad to have Hillery on the team.”

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