Paul A. Duggan, a candidate for state senate in 2013 and two-time contender for freeholder on behalf of the Bergen County Republican Organization, has endorsed Libertarian Murray Sabrin for the U.S. Senate.
Duggan referred to Republican nominee Bob Hugin as “the latest of the NJ GOP Johnny-come-latelies whose Republican nomination was purchased in exchange for cash, at the expense of the party base”.
After Hugin declared that he was a” different kind of Republican,” Duggan said, “Hugin never sat in the front pew in the halls of Constitutional Republicanism, instead he appeared from behind a consultant’s desk with a checkbook amidst in the ranks of the Democrat auxiliary, spouting New Jersey liberal doctrine talking points, while taking veiled snide swipes at our duly elected president.”
“Contrast Hugin’s candidacy,” Duggan said, “to that of Murray Sabrin’s lifetime dedication to, and knowledge of, the principles of liberty continues to make him an effective advocate for freeing the people of New Jersey—and the Nation–from excessive taxes, debt, and inflation, as well as ending the ongoing violations of our right to free speech, property, and privacy.”
Sabrin and Hugin are competing with Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez along with Green Party nominee Madelyn Hoffman, who has spent the last 20 years working at New Jersey Peace Action, a non-profit seeking to promote peace and abolish nuclear war.
“Murray like me is a naturalized citizen who took an oath to uphold the US Constitution in June 1959,” said Duggan. “He would be loyal to that oath in the U.S. Senate, that’s why I am crossing party lines and endorsing him. I urge my fellow Republicans and disgruntled Democrats to enthusiastically rally behind Murray’s bid to defeat Bob Menendez.”
“I am grateful for Paul’s endorsement, which shows we are continuing to build a coalition across the political spectrum of New Jerseyans who want a U.S. Senator to stand up for principles that made America a free and prosperous country,” said Sabrin. “Unfortunately, both major political parties have embraced big government policies that have created a welfare-warfare society built on unsustainable debt.”
“It is time we return to the tried and true values that work for all Americans–voluntarism, free enterprise, limited government and peaceful relations with other nations,” said Sabrin.
Duggan is a lifetime Republican and immigrant from Dublin, who worked under General Colin Powell as Deputy Chief QC Logistics at V Corps, in Frankfurt, Germany during the 1980s.
He was selected to run for freeholder at county conventions, in 2007 and 2008.
Menendez has a number of ethical clouds impeding her re-election effort. In 2015, he was indicted for bribery and fraud. After a hung jury resulted in a mistrial last year, the Justice Department dropped those charges, but the Senate Ethics Committee strongly admonished him.
With the unpopular Democrat expected to attack Hugin for charging excess prices for cancer patients while collecting a $47 million salary as a pharmaceutical CEO, Sabrin and Hoffman are each hoping to attract support to become the third independent in the US Senate, joining former Maine Gov. Angus King and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders.
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