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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Stuart Meissner.

Republican Stuart Meissner considers bid for U.S. Senate against Booker

Ex-prosecutor and 9/11 cancer survivor launches exploratory committee for New Jersey Senate run

By David Wildstein, August 22 2019 11:16 am

Stuart Meissner, a Tenafly lawyer who served as a prosecutor in New York, has announced an exploratory committee to mull a possible challenge to Cory Booker in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.

Meissner worked for the Manhattan District Attorney and the New York State Attorney General under Eliot Spitzer before starting his own law firm that concentrates on Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblowers who file lawsuits against Wall Street banks and large corporations.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Meissner became part of the “bucket brigade that helped clear debris from Ground Zero.  As a result of his volunteer efforts, he became a cancer survivor.

“I have decided to take the first step in challenging Cory Booker, who has consistently put his own political ambitions above the needs of Garden State voters,” Meissner said. “From his abysmal record as Mayor of Newark to his thoroughly underwhelming career in the U.S. Senate, Booker has spent enough time on the taxpayer dime in pursuit of the political limelight.”

If he runs, Meissner would be the third Republican to enter the race against Booker.

Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate Hirsh Singh and Tricia Flanagan, who ran as an independent conservative for Senate last year, have already announced their candidacies.

This would be Meissner’s second U.S. Senate bid.  In 2013, he ran as an independent in a special election to fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s seat.  He finished fifth in a field of eight candidates, receiving 2,051 votes statewide (0.15%).

Booker has not yet said that he will seek re-election to the Senate.

New Jersey passed a law last year that allows Booker to run simultaneous for Senate and President or Vice President.

Meissner said that Booker has taken his eye off of New Jersey during his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“If the last two weeks have proven anything, it’s that Cory Booker is more focused on chasing voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, than helping his constituents facing the water crisis back home in New Jersey,” Meissner said.  “We deserve better.”

According to his campaign website, Meissner plans to challenge Booker for taking campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry.

Meissner has hired GOP consultant Pete Sheridan, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie and a onetime Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee to work on his campaign.

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  1. This fellow, just today, posted derogatory comments on a Closter Facebook page. The pae explicitly states “no political posts” as it;s purpose is allowing people to reminisce about the good things about Closter. But he joined and immediately started insulting people, claiming that the site was biased against Republicans.

    One comment he posted.. “Stuart Meissner: You know what – I really don’t give a damn – keep your stupid arrogant clique of a group that only accepting if liberals – already got positive feedback from fellow closter residents who can’t believe how petty you are . I am withdrawing from it. That’s how much I care . Good riddance”

    You can see his entire post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117408370354/

    Is this the kind of person New Jersey voters want to represent them?

    [ Do note: My email address is “InHawaii” because I currently live in Hawaii, bit I grew up in Closter and participate in that Facebook page because of my memories of Closter. I never expected to see some politician barge in and start insulting people. ]

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