Rick Merkt, a former six-term Assemblyman and Republican gubernatorial candidate, has endorsed Libertarian Murray Sabrin for U.S. Senate.
“I have known Dr. Murray Sabrin for more than two decades. He is a man of both principle and rigorous logic in his economic and political analysis,” said Merkt. “Although Dr. Sabrin and I do not agree on every issue, his political philosophy reflects many Republican values, and, in many cases, is more ‘Republican’ than that of many who claim to be Republicans.”
Merkt ran for State Assembly in 1995 on a ticket with then-Morris County Freeholder Chris Christie and lost. He won his seat two years later and left the Assembly in 2009 when he challenged Christie in the Republican primary for governor.
He now lives in New Hampshire.
“One of Dr. Sabrin’s greatest strengths is his extraordinary grasp of economics, something sorely lacking in both Bob Menendez and Congress as a whole,” Merkt said. “Murray Sabrin not only levels with the people on how our economic system works, but he is also an expert on the underlying principles of the free market system and how their application strengthens America’s economy.”
Merkt does not mention the Republican nominee, former pharmaceutical company executive Bob Hugin, by name.
“As a respected academic and outsider, Dr. Sabrin doesn’t owe anything to Washington DC lobbyists or the career politicians on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Senate,” he said. “This allows him the freedom to address issues honestly, push hard for badly needed federal reforms, and tell it like it is.”