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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta.

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta says he had no direct contact with Trump at N.J. fundraiser

Mehta says the president was ‘extremely charismatic’

By David Wildstein, October 02 2020 10:44 am

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta said that he attended Donald Trump’s fundraiser in Bedminster on Thursday but did not get close enough to president to cause him much concern.

“I wasn’t in contact with the President.  I wasn’t near him,” Mehta told the New Jersey Globe. “I was about 40 feet from him.  He was extremely charismatic.”

Mehta, who is challenging incumbent Cory Booker, said that Trump called on him to ask a question.

“I asked him about bring medical manufacturing back to New Jersey to end foreign reliance and thanked him for lowering the price of prescription drugs,” Mehta said.

Mehta said that Trump said he was aware of his campaign to oust Booker.

“He said he heard I was a good guy and that he’s heard good things,” the GOP Senate candidate said.

The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official said that he will be tested for COVID-19 today “out of an abundance of caution” and that he wore a mask at the Trump fundraiser.

“I wish the President and the First Lady a speedy recovery,” Mehta said.

Mehta held a fundraiser on Wednesday hosted by the Asian American Republican Alliance that featured CorePharma CEO Dr. Vithal Dhaduk.

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