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Hirsh Singh makes bid for NJ Governor

WPG Talk Radio in New Jersey announced that Hirsh Singh, who came up short in the GOP primary against Rik Mehta, who eventually lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Cory Booker, Nov. 9 formally announced his candidacy for governor during an on-air interview.

The 35-year-old Singh lost the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate last July by 8,727 votes in his bid to take on U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He won 30 percent in a GOP congressional primary in the 2nd district against Seth Grossman, and 10 percent in his third-place finish running for governor in 2018.

The Indian American candidate also ran for the U.S. Senate in 2018 before switching to the congressional race.

Singh joins former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli in the race. Four others — Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, and GOP activist Rudy Rullo — are also mulling bids for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, according to the Globe report.

Singh, the report says, is an unapologetic, staunch Trump supporter. He plans to run hard against Ciatterelli regarding his comments about Trump, it said.

On the Democrat side, incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy has announced his intentions to seek a second term.

The gubernatorial election is set for Nov. 2, 2021.

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