Robert Shapiro, a Republican congressional candidate running on the “Let’s Go Brand*n” slogan in New Jersey’s 4th district, won’t make the primary ballot.
Shapiro filed with 203 signatures, just three more than the statutory requirement, and dropped hi challenge after Administrative Law Judge Elia Pelios invalidated nine signatories on his petitions.
Pelios found that five signers lived in different districts and four others were registered Democrats, making them ineligible to sign Shapiro’s petitions.
Shapiro acknowledged that he didn’t have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
“If I’m gong to go under 200, I don’t want to waste anyone’s time,” he said. “I have to withdraw my petitions.”
A perennial candidate – this was his 11th bid for public office — Shapiro initially used two variations of an obvious code intended to mean “Fuck Joe Biden,” filing the slogan “Let’ Go Brand*n -FJB.”
The state Division of Elections allowed Shapiro to drop the “FJB” portion of his slogan and keep the other portion.
Shapiro’s petitions had been challenged by Reuven Hendler, a Democratic candidate in the next-door 3rd district, and by Lisa Natale-Contessa, a supporter of another candidate, Mike Crispi.
A challenge to petitions filed by another Republican, Tricia Flanagan, is simultaneously being heard by a different judge. Flanagan filed 2signatures, giving her a narrow path to survive a challenge.
The incumbent, Republican Christopher Smith (R-Manchester), is seeking re-election to his 22nd term in the U.S. House of Representatives.