STATE — Morris County College sociology Prof. Bader Qarmout of Newton is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.
Bader is one of 9 children and the entire Qarmout family immigrated to the United States in the mid-seventies. Bader graduated from Sussex County Vocational Technical High School and was the recipient of the Superintendent’s Round Table Award for leadership in 1987. He received his Associates of Arts focusing on psychology from County College of Morris in 1989.
Bader received his Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 1991. He later received a Master’s degree in social work with a Drug Counseling minor from Rutgers University in 1993.
He is married to Jennifer Fox Qarmout and they have a son and three daughters, who range in age from 3 to 11.
“I’m trying to be the anti-politician,” said Qarmout, who must face state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, who has lined up nearly universal support among establishment Republicans as well as some rogue Democrats such as West New York Mayor Felix Roque.
Like Gov. Chris Christie, one of his top backers, Kyrillos endorsed Mitt Romney, the liberal former Massachusetts governor who is one of the front-runners in the race to become the Republican presidential nominee.
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