Rik Mehta, a former Food and Drug Administration official. won the Middlesex County GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate in online balloting that was tabulated this afternoon. Mehta’s name will appear below President Trump’s on the ballot in Middlesex in the Republican primary on June 2.
The Middlesex Republican nominating convention, originally scheduled for March 14, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delegates voted online with balloting closing at midnight on the 14th, GOP Chairwoman Lucille Panos told MMM. The Middlesex GOP Executive committee tabulated and certified the votes today.
Mehta defeated Hirsh Singh, 151-30, and Natalie Rivera received 7 votes.
Mehta now has the Party endorsement in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union and Warren counties, and will appear below President Trump on the June 2 ballot in those counties. Singh has the Ocean and Cape May endorsements.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming victory in Middlesex County and want to thank Chairwoman Panos, Vice Chairwomen Kulberda, Mr. Don Katz and the entire MCRO leadership for handling these unprecedented circumstances with care and professionalism, ” Mehta said in a statement issued to MMM. “It is time we make New Jersey a place to live, not leave. It’s time to be Jersey Proud.”