Linwood resident and former gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh has the support of Atlantic County Republicans in his bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo in the House of Representatives.
Singh prevailed at the county GOP’s annual convention Saturday over six other Republican opponents with a unanimous vote from Linwood delegates as well as strong support from Egg Harbor, Galloway and Hamilton townships.
The other Republicans who sought the nomination were former Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, local attorney Seth Grossman, former FBI agent Bob Turkavage, Somers Point Councilman James Toto, Somers Point resident and businessman Brian Fitzherbert and local businessman Mark McGovern.
“Atlantic County is my home, and winning here is the highest honor I could receive in this primary season,” Singh said in a statement. “I will work as hard as I can to win this race and partner with the Atlantic County Republican Party to sweep our local candidates to victory.”
With the victory in Atlantic County, Singh has the support of Republican parties in four of the eight counties in the 2nd Congressional District. Before Saturday, Singh won support in Burlington, Camden and Ocean counties. Turkavage won support in Cumberland County, Toto won Salem County and Fitzherbert won Gloucester County.
Also at the convention, Republicans nominated former pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin for U.S. Senate and incumbents Frank Formica, Maureen Kern and James Bertino for the freeholder board.
Primary day in New Jersey is June 5, and no matter who secures the Republican nomination for the House, they will have a tough climb against a rejuvenated Democratic Party that dominated 2017 elections throughout the state. Democrats won both Assembly seats in Atlantic County and gained two seats on the county freeholder board.
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew won the support of Atlantic County Democrats earlier this month for the same seat. LoBiondo, R-2nd, who has represented the district since 1995, is not running for re-election.
Van Drew, widely projected as the early favorite in the race, has raised more than $80,000 for his campaign and has the backing of South Jersey Democratic power-broker George Norcross, who has raised millions for local Democrats throughout the years.
The $80,000 figure is according to the latest data compiled by the Federal Elections Commission. That data ran through Dec. 31 of last year.
Financials for Singh are not yet available because he announced his candidacy after the start of the new year.
Still, local Republicans hope to hold onto a district that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.
“We’re doing quite well with fundraising right now,” Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis said. “We’re always going to be outspent by the Democrats because they have their political bosses and super PACs, but we will commit to fundraising here at home and will strive to put Atlantic County back to work.”