Tricia Flanagan will seek U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s seat in 2020.
Though the candidate ran as an independent on a pro-Trump platform in 2018, she said she intends to run with the Republican party this time around.
“Either way you slice it. I am running. I am challenging booker, and I intend to win for a MAGA majority,” Flanagan said.
Hirsh Singh, a former gubernatorial and House candidate, is also seeking the Republican nod to take on Booker or whoever fills his seat should the presidential candidate pull ahead of the wide field of Democratic candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump.
Flanagan was the first to file in the race. She said she filed her paperwork on or before April 12, though she is working with the Federal Elections Commission to sort through some problems with the same.
“I’m working with the FEC to close out the last one. I think it’s just a matter of filing an amendment,” she said.
Republicans last won a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey since Sen. Clifford Case won re-election in 1972, though two Republicans have since been appointed to fill vacancies in New Jersey’s senate seats.
Democrats have a voter registration advantage of more than 900,000 in the state, and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez easily won re-election over self-funder Bob Hugin last year after the challenger pumped $36 million of his own money into his own campaigns, mostly using the funds for blistering attack ads against Menendez, who was facing fire over corruption charges that have since been dismissed.