Former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin won the U.S. Senate endorsement of the Ocean County Republican Party tonight in Toms River, defeating the Ocean GOP’s 2014 nominee, Brian Goldberg, by a margin of 142-12.
“Ocean County delivers the highest number of Republican votes of any county in New Jersey and we are fully behind Bob Hugin,” said OCGOP Chairman George Gilmore. “We need a Senator that New Jersey can be proud of again, and we are confident Bob is that person. We will deliver for Bob and all of our GOP candidates on November 6th.”
“I’m honored and proud to receive the formal endorsement of the Ocean County Republican Organization,” said Bob Hugin. “My parents instilled in me the values of service to community and country at a young age. I’ve lived those values as a US Marine and business leader, and will do the same as our next United States Senator.”
Goldberg is having a back week in his quixotic quest to become a United States Senator. In addition to losing the ‘county line’ that gave his quest hope four years ago, Goldberg was called out on facebook yesterday for claiming the endorsement of elected officials and party leaders who say they have not endorsed him. (See post below)
MMM contacted six of the Republicans that Goldberg claims endorsed him on his website. Five of the six, including Monmouth County Freeholders Lillian Burry and Patrick Impreveduto, said they did not endorse Goldberg. Union Beach Councilman Charlie Cocuzza said the did not know who Goldberg is.
“Absolutely not,” Impreveduto said when asked if he endorsed Goldberg. “I fully support and 100% endorse Bob Hugin for Senate,” the freeholder exclaimed.
Goldberg explained to MMM that every person listed as endorsing him on his website has previously pledge their support, “in one way shape or form.” He said that some people have requested and have had their names removed from the list and that those remaining have not objected or asked to be removed.
In addition to endorsing Hugin for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, the Ocean GOP tonight endorsed Congressman Chris Smith (CD-4) and Congressman Tom MacArthur (CD-3) for reelection. Hirsh Singh won the endorsement to replace the retiring Congressman Frank LoBiondo in the second Congressional District.