Former Rep. Ron Paul on Monday endorsed Murray Sabrin, the libertarian candidate fighting for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s seat.
Though he spent most of his career under the wing of the Republican party, Paul, a three-time presidential candidate who first ran for the post as a libertarian, is perhaps one of the party’s most well-known members.
“I am pleased to endorse my good friend of 35 years, Murray Sabrin, for United States Senate,” Paul said in a statement. “Murray’s dedication to, and knowledge of, the principles of liberty will make him an effective advocate for freeing the people of New Jersey — and the nation — from excessive taxes, debt, and inflation, as well as ending the ongoing violations of our right to free speech, property, and privacy”
While the two candidates’ ideologies share a good deal of overlap, it’s possible that Paul’s wading into the race has more to do with their personal relationship.
In addition to being a longtime friend of Paul’s, Sabrin served as the New Jersey spokesman for Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign.
There’s some question about how valuable Paul’s endorsement will be given that he left Congress roughly half a decade ago and served in a different state.
Still, Paul has remained active as a commentator on cable broadcasts and has relatively high name recognition in New Jersey because of his presidential runs.
But, it’s unlikely that will be enough to smooth out the uphill battle Sabrin faces as a third-party candidate.
“I am honored to receive Dr. Paul’s endorsement,” Sabrin said. “For more than four decades Dr. Paul was America’s leading advocate of limited government at home and a noninterventionist foreign policy.”