Rik Mehta, a Morris lawyer, announced his intention to challenge U.S. Sen Cory Booker Thursday.
“While Cory Booker campaigns around the country for his doomed presidential bid, the New Jersey economy continues to tank and our beautiful towns are becoming destitute,” Mehta said. “For too long our state has been failed by socialist politicos like Cory, who continue to build their careers off the backs of our proud immigrant communities — while real New Jerseyans continue to struggle. No more. I spent my life fighting for communities and that’s what I’ll do in Washington.”
The first-time candidate attacked Booker from the outset, claiming the Senator took advantage of the state’s immigrants.
He did not say how, though he added a jab on Booker’s support for immigrants in the country illegally.
Mehta is the fifth Republican to enter the race. Stuart Meissner, Tricia Flanagan and Natalie Lynn Rivera are all seeking the GOP nod. All three have run as independent U.S. Senate candidates in the past.
Hirsh Singh, who mounted an unsuccessful House bid last year, is also seeking the nomination.
Mehta is a vice president at Aquestive Therapeutics and an adviser of Licentiam Inc., a firm focused on reducing regulation in the healthcare industry.
He previously served as Pfizer Consumer Health’s head of regulatory policy and was deputy director for the Division of Medical Policy Programs for the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Medical Policy.