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Turkavage says Singh should drop out

Ex-FBI agent says opponent was ‘deceitful’

By David Wildstein, May 17 2018 3:19 pm

Retired FBI agent Robert Turkavage is calling on Hirsh Singh to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district after Singh’s personal financial disclosure statement showed that he doesn’t have the money he promised for a self-funding campaign against Democrat Jeff Van Drew.

“I think that he should step aside as the way for the Republican party to retain this seat,” Turkavage told the New Jersey Globe.  “I think he was deceitful and misled party leaders in seeking their support.”

Singh started the year as a U.S. Senate candidate, but some party insiders, including Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci, helped clear the primary field for Bob Hugin by getting Singh to run for the seat of retiring Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo instead.  Singh won organization lines in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Ocean counties after promising party leaders that he would put $2 million of his own money into the race.

But now Singh’s own financial disclosure shows that he had no cash or assets, and it appears he needed to borrow money from Goldman Sachs and LendingClub just to put $100,000 into his race.

The Singh campaign has not responded to a 2:30 PM call seeking comment.

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