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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Antonio Sabas, right, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

MacArthur, Lance draw primary opponents

Antonio Sabas files for GOP U.S. Senate nomination

By David Wildstein, March 28 2018 12:45 am

The deadline to file nominating petitions for the June Democratic and Republican primaries is 4 PM on Monday, April 2.  Some early news:

* Brian Fitzherbert, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd district, has filed nominating petitions with just 210 signatures — ten over the required number.  That doesn’t leave him much room for error, unless he returns to Trenton by Tuesday to add to his petitions.  If he’s tossed off the ballot, it could leave the Gloucester County Republicans without a House candidate since Fitzherbert has the line there.

* District 2: former Atlantic County Freeholder Seth Grossman and former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Vineland) have already filed their petitions for the Republican nomination — each with 322 signatures.  Fiocchi has the GOP organization line in Cape May County.

* District 3: former Barnegat Township First Aid Squad captain Martin Weber has filed to run against Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in the Republican primary. He filed 241 signatures.

* District 4: Democrat Josh Welle, who has the Democratic organization lines in Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer counties, filed with 268 signatures.

* District 6: Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) filed for re-election to a 17th term with 1,282 signatures.

* District 7: Raafar Barsoon, an emergency room physician, will challenge Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the Republican primary.  In 2013, Barsoon won 18% of the vote as the Republican candidate for State Senate against Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) in the 29th legislative district.  He filed with 224 signatures, which puts him at risk of a challenge.

* District 8: John R. Muniz has filed 215 signatures in his challenge to Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York).

* District 9: Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) is seeking re-election to a 12th term in Congress.  He filed petitions with 1,590 signatures.

* District 11: Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and Democrat Mark Washburne, a college professor, have filed petitions to seek the seat of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding).  Webber filed 500 signatures and Washburne was at 264.

*So far, Antonio Sabas is unopposed in the race for United States Senator in New Jersey.  Sabas, who ran as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in 2013 and 2014, has filed as a candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator.  He was also an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Irvington in 2010.  He filed with 1,090 signatures.

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