Gary Rich has dropped out of the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, according to the political news website More Monmouth Musings, leaving five others to fight for the chance to take on Cory Booker in the general election.
His campaign lasted 42 days.
Rich, a former two-term Monmouth County freeholder who served as a councilman in South Belmar (now known as Lake Como) and Spring Lake, watched his campaign collapse over the last week.
He won just 11 votes at the Union County Republican convention, didn’t get on the ballot for his home county convention this weekend after being a no-show at the Monmouth GOP screening committee, and did poorly at last night’s Somerset convention.
His campaign missed a filing deadline with the Federal Election Commission on Friday evening, an indication that he has raised less than $5,000.
Rich did not seek re-election to a third term as freeholder in 2017 after Republican leaders let him know he would not receive party support.
New Jersey Republicans have not won a U.S. Senate seat since 1972.