New Jersey GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt has filed paperwork to run for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2021, New Jersey Globe reports.
Steinhardt, the former mayor of Lopatcong, the General Counsel of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and former Governor Florio’s law partner, will face former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli in the pre-primary race for Republican County Party endorsements which come with historically favorable ballot positions known as “the line.” Perennial candidate Hirsh Singh has also declared but is expected to have little organizational support after his embarrassing conduct as a U.S. Senate candidate this year.
Steinhardt is expected to resign as State Chairman this afternoon.
Ciattarelli, who has been running for the nomination for about a year, announced this morning that he has already raised $1 million for the primary race. The former Assemblyman has announced endorsements from Atlantic, Somerset, and Morris County Republican leaders.