U.S. Senate candidate Dana Wefer has been removed from the race following a successful challenge to her nominating petitions.
An administrative judge invalidated 70 of the 1,026 signatures on Wefer’s nominating petitions, knocking her below the 1,000-signature threshold needed to run for U.S. Senate and effectively removing her from the race. Forty-two of the signatures were invalidated because they belonged to registered Democrats.
Wefer’s petitions received two challenges, one from rival candidate Brian Goldberg and another from Lisa LoBiondo, director of Morris County for the Organization for Economic Growth, a political action committee founded last December by former assembly candidate Joe Caruso.
Wefer was the second candidate to be removed from the race Monday. Earlier in the day, Antonio Sabas withdrew after challenges by Goldberg and LoBiondo invalidated enough signatures to knock him out of the running.
The departures narrow the field considerably, leaving only Goldberg and biotech and pharmaceutical millionaire Bob Hugin in the running to take on U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez come November.