TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate who has embraced former President Donald Trump failed to qualify for public matching funds.
The Election Law Enforcement Commission ruled ruled Thursday that candidate Phil Rizzo’s petition to get the public matching assistance was late and didn’t meet requirements.
Rizzo said in a statement that the submission process was outdated and the ruling unjust.
Rizzo is a former real estate developer who now serves as a Christian pastor in Hoboken.
He is one of four GOP candidates running in the June 8 primary to face incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in the fall.
His social media posts include quotes from the former president and praise for Trump’s signature Make America Great Again agenda.