Conservative Atlantic County businessman Hirsh Singh will make his fifth bid for public office since 2017, announcing today that he will seek the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 2021.
The unchecked abuse And now, he wants to expand his powers even further,” Singh said. “Someone has to stop him. That’s why I’m declaring my candidacy for Governor of our great state.”
The 35-year-old Singh lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate last July by 8,727 votes in his bid to take on U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He won 30% in a GOP congressional primary in the 2nd district against Seth Grossman, and 10% in his third-place finish running for governor in 2018.
Singh also ran for U.S. Senate in 2018 before switching to the congressional race.
His 2020 Senate run was propelled by organizational lines in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and especially Ocean, where his 34,217-vote margin put him in contention to win the nomination. He lost the other 17 counties.
Singh spent his time since the primary mounting pro se legal battles in search of a recount. Eventually the appellate court turned him down.
Last week, he filed a case with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the governor’s vote-by-mail election process.
“Forcing New Jersey to submit to a corrupt vote-by-mail system has destroyed our election’s integrity and I will not let this stand,” Singh said today.
Singh joins former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli in the race.
Four others — Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, and GOP activist Rudy Rullo — are also mulling bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Rullo, who ran in 2017 and won 6.5 of the vote, played a key role in Singh’s 2020 U.S. Senate campaign.