The team of newspaper publisher Diane Gooch of Rumson filed nearly 400 petitions this afternoon, according to Gooch campaign manager Tony Sayegh.
Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin also announced that he would be awarding the party line to Gooch now that the Rev. Shannon Wright of Plainfield has ended her campaign and announced her support for Gooch.
“I am so happy to have Shannon Wright on our side,” Gooch said in a statement. “She has brought a great deal of energy to the race and now will channel it toward replacing Frank Pallone.
“I am looking forward to her insight on a number of issues and know she will help advance our platform of job creation, smaller government and fiscal discipline in Washington,” added the Republican candidate.