Hirsh Vardhan Singh

Indian American Hirsh Vardhan Singh announced his candidacy for the New Jersey governor's seat. The primary election is June 6. (singhfornewjersey.com photo)

Hirsh Vardhan Singh, an Indian American businessman and engineer, has announced his candidacy for governor of New Jersey.

A Republican, Singh said he believes the state has been suffering due to petty partisanship and offers a bold vision to improve the lives of New Jersey residents through the Fairness Formula, strategic infrastructure development, medical malpractice and tort reform, tax cuts for small businesses and the legalization of cannabis, according to a statement from his campaign office.

Singh will focus his campaign on fixing property taxes, wages of manufacturing jobs, K-12 education and state overregulation, the campaign team said.

The candidate added that state overregulation has harmed the realization of the American Dream by attacking social mobility.

Raised in Atlantic County in New Jersey, Singh earned an engineering degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He is a results-driven leader who directs and manages small and large teams of corporations providing the most cutting edge engineering solutions and services nationwide across civilian and defense government agencies, the statement said.

Recently, the gubernatorial candidate addressed the Ocean County GOP and noted the problems in the state are the result of a flawed philosophy of government held by state leaders. His belief is that the solution can be found in the state’s motto: Liberty and prosperity. Through liberty we attain prosperity, Singh’s office said.

If elected, Singh plans to work tirelessly to bring prosperity back, fix the state's sky rocketed property tax, the broken education system, fix transportation infrastructure and make New Jersey a national leader in technological innovation, according to the news release.

The New Jersey primary is on June 6, 2017. Singh will be facing at least four other candidates in the GOP primary, including state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno, Nutley Commissioner of Public Affairs Steven Rogers and businessman Joseph Rudy Rullo. Incumbent Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, is termed out and cannot seek reelection. 

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