Merkt, still at 2%, has had no movement in four months

With just 2% of the vote in independent polls released this morning by Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey, history could record Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) as one of the lowest votegetters among sitting state legislators seeking a major party nomination for Governor. The record is currently held by Raymond Garramone (D-Haworth), a one-term State Senator from Bergen County who gave up his seat to challenge Brendan Byrne in the 1977 Democratic primary. With 6,602 votes statewide, Garramone finished sixth in a field of eleven candidates, with 1.1% of the vote.

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Merkt, still at 2%, has had no movement in four months