Indian-American Hirsh Singh wins endorsement of Ocean County Republican Party

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Hirsh Singh, second from left, with members of the Ocean County Republican Party at their March 6 convention, where Singh’s candidacy for the U.S. Congress from New Jersey’s District 2 was endorsed. (Photo: Facebook)

Indian-American candidate Hirsh Singh of South Jersey, who is running for the U.S. Congress from the 2nd District won the vote of the Ocean County Council Republican Party, at their March 6 convention.

Singh hopes to fill the seat being vacated by long-time incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo.

In his speech before the GOP gathering, Singh said he was honored and humbled and noted that he was the last one to join the race.

He is running “To ensure that future generations can realize the American Dream the same way that I have, my family has,” said Singh in his speech posted on Facebook.

Singh, who is an engineer and successful businessman, is quoted in Insidernj.com saying, “I’m grateful to the Ocean County Republican County Council for their support and I pledge to work closely with the organization and the county and municipal candidates to ensure we have victories up and down the ballot on November 6.”

“Last couple of days I have gone to so many houses, made hundreds of calls,” Singh said in the Facebook video, and noted that the endorsement is proof that voters think, “They have a fighter in me,” he told the gathering. Singh has already won the Burlington County GOP support.

District 2 is in southern New Jersey and includes Salem, Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic counties, as well as parts of Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties.

Several candidates in both parties are running for the endorsement of their respective parties in the June 5 primaries. Singh lost his 2017 bid for governor when he was defeated in the Republican primary last June.

Ocean County Republican Party Chairman George Gilmore praised Singh, noting that, “Over the last year Hirsh has proven to be a tenacious campaigner, a quick learner, and — maybe most importantly — a team player. He’s going to run a great campaign and he’s going to keep South Jersey in Republican hands for years to come,” Insidernj.com reported.

Interestingly, even though LoBiondo has represented the 2nd District since 1995, analysts are observing changes in the largely Republican district. Because of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s victory last year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee counts NJ District 2, as one it might be able to flip. A November 2017 poll by Public Policy Polling gave a Democratic candidate a 5 percent lead over a Republican, and the highly regarded Cook Political Report also changed the race’s rating from ‘Toss-up” to “Lean Democratic” category this February, Ballotpedia noted.