Professor Murray Sabrin received the most votes at the Middlesex County GOP’s screening committee on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, but failed to obtain the 60% threshold required to land an outright full-fledged endorsement heading into the county convention.
A small band of candidates are competing county-to-county for the NJ GOP U.S. Senate nomination in a cycle without any clear establishment favorite. It’s been a split decision so far statewide at least in the early going. Union County’s committee recently backed Rich Pezzullo of Monmouth County, while Essex’s Chairman Al Barlas awarded his county’s line to businessman Brian Goldberg.
In Middlesex, Sabrin will have to share a watered-down recommendation with former FBI agent Rob Turkavage who, I’m told, fought Sabrin right through multiple rounds of voting until a final head-to-head where they received 29 to 19 votes, respectively, leaving the Ramapo professor just 3 votes short. Still, I’m told Sabrin impressed many previously-skeptical members of the screening committee with his presentation.