Lacing on the sneakers and hitting the pavement, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) started literally running for governor in early September. Today the Republican announced that his campaign has achieved a milestone as he has jogged in 118 communities located in all 21 counties of New Jersey since kicking offthe planin September.
“I have run in more than 20 percent of New Jersey’s municipalities and in every county throughout the state,” said Merkt. “It’s taken quite a bit of effort, but the feedback on issues I have received from local residents while doing it has been outstanding.
“There is no doubt that people are deeply worried about New Jersey’s downward economic spiral and eroding job base, and they have no confidence that the current administration in Trenton has any clue how to solve the crisis. This will be the number one issue in next year’s race for Governor,” added the veteran assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate.
Merkt said he intends to continue his campaign for governor in the streets in “as many towns as possible to stay in close touch with the concerns of local residents.”
So far, Merkt is the only officially declared candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine are also expected to run.