Brian Fitzherbert will not challenge Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato in 2019, the former Republican congressional candidate told the New Jersey Globe Saturday.
“I will not be running for Assembly in LD2 in 2019,” Fitzherbert said. “My focus will be on continuing to build up the Atlantic County Young Republicans and bring more millennials into the party.”
Fitzherbert entered the race for the second congressional district’s seat, now held by Rep. Jeff Van Drew, but was removed from the ballot after a successful challenge to his nominating petitions by fellow Republican candidate Hirsh Singh.
Former Atlantic County Freeholder eventually won the nomination but lost the support of the national Republican party. He has since attacked the state party for not supporting his candidacy. He lost to Van Drew by about eight points, or roughly 20,000 votes.
In June, after he officially dropped out of the race, Fitzherbert was tapped to lead the newly-created Atlantic County Young Republican Organization.
Atlantic County Freeholder Director Frank Formica, Freeholder John Risley, Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther and Somers Point Councilman James Toto are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Armato and Mazzeo.