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Ramapo finance professor to challenge Cory Booker in U.S. Senate race

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    Murray Sabrin (not pictured) recently declared he will seek the Republican nomination in the race against Sen. Cory Booker (pictured).
    Murray Sabrin (not pictured) recently declared he will seek the Republican nomination in the race against Sen. Cory Booker (pictured). - (Andrew George / NJBIZ)

    After months of uncertainty among Republican ranks as to who, if anyone, might challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker in his upcoming November re-election bid, Ramapo College finance professor Murray Sabrin has declared he will seek the Republican nomination in the race.

    A professor for 29 years, Sabrin has made previous unsuccessful bids for the seat and for the governor's office.

    "I think I'm the strongest candidate in the race having run before," Sabrin said.

    Announcing his candidacy Thursday on Townsquare Media's "Dennis and Judi Show," Sabrin labeled himself as a "free-enterprise" advocate that was willing to stand up to the kind of "crony capitalism that Cory Booker embraces."

    "We need some major changes in Washington, D.C. and I think I can help be that change agent," Sabrin said.

    In a response to Sabrin's announcement, New Jersey Democratic State Committee chairman John Currie said that Sabrin's previously unsuccessful runs at higher offices serve as proof that "New Jerseyans have already soundly rejected" his ideas.

    "It's clear the only 'serious, mature discussion' in this year's Senate election will be between New Jerseyans and Senator Cory Booker, who is fighting every day in Washington for ideas that create opportunity for everyone—raising the minimum wage, supporting small businesses and spurring innovation," Currie said.

    Last November in a special election to fill the seat following the death of Frank Lautenberg, Booker beat then-Republican challenger and ex-Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan by 11 percentage points.

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    Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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