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Hirsh Singh. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Singh misses deadline for Morris GOP convention

Ciattarelli, Rizzo will compete for organization line

By David Wildstein, March 12 2021 5:09 pm

Perennial candidate Hirsh Singh will not be on the ballot at the Morris County Republican convention because he couldn’t get the ten signatures needed to qualify for a spot on the ballot at their March 26 convention.

That leaves Jack Ciattarelli and Rev. Phil Rizzo in a head-to-head contest for Morris’s new organization line in the June 8 Republican gubernatorial primary.

Two other candidates, former Franklin Mayor Brian D. Levine and social media consultant Joseph Rudy Rullo, did not file petitions to run before today’s filing deadline.

Singh, who has lost three campaigns in the last four years, had indicated that he would compete in Morris.  His campaign manager, King Penna, hurled insults in a local part Zoom meeting but couldn’t come up with ten county committee signatures.

In Ocean County, where Singh had the organization line in his 2020 U.S. Senate race, his name was never entered into nomination at their county GOP convention this week.  Singh showed up late, after Ocean County had already voted for Ciattarelli.

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