Phil Rizzo and Hirsh Singh conceded their defeat in the Republican primary for governor of New Jersey, but neither mentioned the winner, former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.
“Thank you so much to all of our amazing supporters: your labor and sacrifices were not in vain,” said Rizzo, who finished second, 23-points behind Ciattarelli. “This primary fight did not end as we had hoped, but the conservative movement has come through battle-hardened and with a taste for what is possible.”
Singh, who ran third in his fifth bid for public office in the last four years, did call for Gov. Phil Murphy’s defeat – something that could be construed as a subtle endorsement of Ciattarelli.
“Despite being a completely grassroots movement, we had a strong showing,” he said. “We all must do everything we can to ensure Tyrannical Phil Murphy is a one-term governor, and that conservatives retake the Assembly and State Senate.”