FREEHOLD, NJ – In an article this week on the More Monmouth Musings political blog site, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden called for an end to the ballot counting in the July primary election and for the Republican Party to begin raising funds for Rikin Mehta. At last count, Mehta leads his opponent Hirsh Singh by less than a 1% margin with tens of thousands of mail-in ballots thrown away and thousands more provisional and mail-in ballots left to be counted.
Every vote counts, other Republicans are saying, but Goldman wants to see the failed mail-in ballot election experiment ended before due process is given to the candidates and the voters of New Jersey.
Mehta is broke.
He barely has enough money in his campaign account for gas money to drive to and from campaign stops should be win the election and Golden is upset with Doug Steinhardt, state GOP chairman for not calling the raise and starting fundraising.
There’s just one problem, the race is still not over. The election has not yet been certified and a recount has been ordered by Singh and judges across the state.
State and county election officials might not know who actually won this race until well after the November election at the rate the count has been going to date.
Singh refuses to throw in the towel citing the problems with the mail-in ballot, including lost and thrown away ballots, uncounted ballots, fraudulent ballots and ballots that may have been lost in the mail.
Golden was quoted as saying the state party is useless for the success of Monmouth County, one of the counties won by Mehta. Golden’s call to just end the Murphy mail-in ballot without counting all votes was echoed by other North Jersey party officials who want to avoid a recount in the event that Singh actually wins the recount.