Former Atlantic County Freeholder Seth Grossman will seek the Republican nomination for an open State Senate seat in the 2nd legislative district, according to a report from WPG Talk Radio Host Harry Hurley.
Hurley said that Grossman will skip the Atlantic GOP convention and move immediately to a June primary challenge against the front-runner, former Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township).
The incumbent, State Sen. Christopher Brown (R-Ventnor), is not seeking re-election. Democrats are running four-term Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (R-Northfield) for Senate.
Grossman won an off the line bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in 2018 but lost to Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis). Van Drew was a Democrat at the time.
In that race, Grossman faced allegations of racism after some of his online posts surfaced. That caused national Republicans to deny him party support.
“So far, I have not heard Vince Polistina or Don Guardian speak out on any of the issues that matter most,” Grossman. “Republican candidates should be forcefully fighting leftist indoctrination in our schools, high electric bills for failed green energy projects, and an out of control political class that hasn’t lost a day’s pay from the pandemic.”
A former Atlantic City councilman, Grossman carried Atlantic County in the 2018 by a 51%-33% margin in the Republican primary against Hirsh Singh. Singh had the organization line, but Grossman still beat him by 1,742 votes.
Grossman has also lost some race: he received 15% in a 1999 bid for mayor of Atlantic City; and 14% in Atlantic County – and 8% statewide – in his 2013 primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Chris Christie.
“Seth Grossmans candidacy is misguided and he is tone deaf towards the views of the vast majority of voters in our district,” Polistina told Hurley. “This district needs a proven candidate that can win in November and Seth doesn’t fit the bill.”
This story was updated at 8:00 PM with comment from Polistina.